Magical journeys in sixteenth-century prose fiction

Maslen, R.W. (2011) Magical journeys in sixteenth-century prose fiction. Yearbook of English Studies, 41(1), pp. 35-50.

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Abstract

This essay examines two traditions of Tudor prose fiction that address the pleasures and perils of the magical journey. The `magical jest-book' narrates the pranks and fantastic voyages of the trickster magician, from Virgilius the Sorcerer to Faustus and Friar Bacon. Lucianic satire satirizes intellectual gullibility and religious hypocrisy by describing journeys to Heaven and Hell. The essay argues that these two traditions cross-fertilized each other in the course of the Reformation, and became fused in the 1580s as components of the great burst of creativity that generated both Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and some equally ebullient, though neglected, works of experimental prose fiction.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maslen, Professor Robert
Authors: Maslen, R.W.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PR English literature
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Yearbook of English Studies
ISSN:0306-2473

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