Hillard Publishes on Fairy Tales and the Victorians

Written by Laura Paskin
February 12, 2014

English Professor Molly Clark Hillard published “Spellbound: The Fairy Tale and the Victorians” (The Ohio State University Press, 2014).  In her book, Hillard explores the Victorian era's fascination with and use of fairy tales.

“We tend to think of fairy tales as quaint, idealized, and ahistorical; in reality though, these are potent narratives that served, and continue to serve, as cultural allegories,” Hillard said. “The stories I examine significantly contributed to the language and images of industrial, material England.”

Hillard’s book investigates novels by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Charlotte Bronte; poetry of Lord Alfred Tennyson and Christina Rossetti; the visual artistry of Edward Burne-Jones and Punch; and the popular theatricals of dramatists like James Planché and Leicester Buckingham.

Hillard, who received her PhD from the University of California, Davis, joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Her scholarship focuses on English literature of the Victorian era, literary and cultural intersections, neoformalism, women writers, and children’s literature.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 major and 36 minor undergraduate degrees, 6 master’s degrees, and 1 post-baccalaureate certificate. The English Department offers degrees in literature, creative writing, and film studies.