Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2015
The first critical edition of the works of Andrew Lang (1844-1912) in a 2 volume set
The Scottish writer whose enormous output spanned the whole range of late-nineteenth century intellectual culture. Neglected since his death, partly because of the diversity of his interests and the volume of his writing, his cultural centrality and the interdisciplinary nature of his work make him a vital figure for contemporary scholars.
About the Author
Alexandra Warwick is Professor of English Studies and Head of the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. Her research is on Victorian culture, in particular the fin de siècle.
Leigh Wilson is Reader in Modern Literature in the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster. Her research focuses on modernism, on the place of supernatural and occult beliefs and practices in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and on the contemporary British novel. She is the author of Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult (EUP, 2013).
A superb scholarly resource for folklorists, in which Lang's role in the development of folkloristics from the second half of the nineteenth century receives critical appraisal. Excellent contextualisation of Lang’s folkloric writing amongst his other work on literature, together with helpful appendices and comprehensive explanatory notes.