Laurence Housman‘s "The moon-flower" and Victorian mystic imagination

Emilia Wieliczko-Paprota


The paper explores the theme of mysticism in Laurence Housman’s fairy tale “The Moon-Flower”(1895). It presents the main assumptions of a Victorian inner journey toward a mystical union and analyses symbols which construc t the inner landscape which undergoes a mystic transformation. The author attempts to show the metamorphosis of the fairy tale’s main characters and identify its roots in both fairy tale and religious traditions. It is argued that Victorian fairy tales reflect a credible quintessence of the universe. The retold tales of an archetypical quest full of powerful symbols uncover the sublime world hidden under the dull reality. Hence,"The Moon-Flower" is believed to tell the story of inner transformation and open the doors to the myriad stories which were told before and create countless possibilities of interpretation.
Author Emilia Wieliczko-Paprota (FL)
Emilia Wieliczko-Paprota,,
- Faculty of Languages
Journal seriesStudia Anglica Posnaniensia. An International Review of English Studies, ISSN 0081-6272, e-ISSN 2082-5102, (B 14 pkt)
Issue year2017
Publication size in sheets0.75
Keywords in Englishmysticism, fairy tale, Victorian mystical imagination, archetypical symbol, inner landscape
ASJC Classification1203 Language and Linguistics; 1208 Literature and Literary Theory; 3310 Linguistics and Language
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)14
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 14.0, 05-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.442
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