Idle Worship: Kenneth Grahame's Literary Paganism

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dc.contributor.authorSwim, Jeffrey
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-12T11:43:59Z
dc.date.available2016-09-12T11:43:59Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/35158
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5654
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I explore the works of Kenneth Grahame in light of what some critics have deemed “literary paganism”. I argue that Grahame employs certain “pagan” tropes in order to launch a critique of modern culture. Grahame upholds a classical vision of leisure that rejects the ideology inherent to urbanization. His critique of modernity relies on a literary persona indicative of an alternative attitude to that of the middle class fin de siècle urban culture. His short stories add to this critique in their presentation of childhood as a pre-converted pagan existence which en-kindles a sense of disappointment with routinized adult life in the modern city. The Wind in the Willows embodies Grahame's vision of true leisure which is depicted in both the River Bank animals and their wetland ecosystem itself. By paying close attention to the pagan themes in Grahame’s writing, we gain a comprehensive view of his often misunderstood body of work.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectKenneth Grahame
dc.subjectThe Wind in the Willows
dc.subjectpaganism
dc.subjectleisure
dc.subjectidleness
dc.subject19th century British literature
dc.titleIdle Worship: Kenneth Grahame's Literary Paganism
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.supervisorManganiello, Dominic
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineArts
uottawa.departmentEnglish
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -

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