Call for Papers:
George MacDonald among His Contemporaries
A one day conference hosted by the School of English, University of St Andrews
30 March 2011, Kennedy Hall, St Andrews, Scotland
George MacDonald (1824-1905) is most often discussed in terms of what came after: his role in the development of fantasy literature and his influence on writers such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. Though providing valuable insights into MacDonald's legacy, this emphasis tends to obscure his involvement in his own time. MacDonald was a Victorian. His works attest to his wide knowledge of his time and culture, and his deep engagement with the issues of the day.