Subversion and Recuperation of Gender Roles in George MacDonald's "The Day Boy and the Night Girl"

  • Linda Montag University of Haifa


In this issue we get the chance to expand our George MacDonald horizons by taking a look at one of his often overlooked short stories: "The Day Boy and the Night Girl". Author Linda Montag takes us into the Victorian mindset and into the complexities and limitations of MacDonald's subversive thinking on gender in this illuminating article. For those of us familiar only with The Princess and the Goblin, The Princess and Curdie, At the Back of the North Wind, or Phantastes, this story adds an important dimension to our understanding of MacDonald as a writer for children.

Author Biography

Linda Montag, University of Haifa
Lavid Beagley is Lecturer in Children's Literature and Literacy at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus, Victoria, Australia, where he teaches units in Genres, History, Australian and Post-colonial children's literature. He has previously taught in secondary schools, and has been a school and university librarian.
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