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      ‘Introduction’ to Kingdoms of Elfin (Handheld Press, 2018)

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      The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
      UCL Press
      Warner, fairy stories, ethnography, Kingdoms of Elfin

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          Originally conceived of as an introduction to a new edition of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin (Handheld Press, 2018), this article provides an overview of the place of Kingdoms of Elfin (1977) in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s oeuvre and life, placing it in the final phases of her life as an astonishing new departure. In Kingdoms, Warner experiments with the excision of affect from the narrative process, producing stories which construct the narrative voice uncompromisingly as a voice of observation rather than identification. The playing field on which this is carried through is nothing less than a whole new fictional universe in the form of meticulously worked-out ‘Elfin’ worlds. The narratives’ observational stance unfolds itself as a disinterested ethnography of the strangeness of behaviours both human and non-human, radically decentring human perceptions and moral convictions in the process.

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          The Element of Lavishness: Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner and William Maxwell, 1938–1978

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            Sylvia Townsend Warner: A Biography

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              Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness

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                Journal
                STW
                The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
                UCL Press
                2398-0605
                12 April 2019
                : 18
                : 2
                : 1-17
                Affiliations
                [1 ] University of Tübingen, Germany
                [* ] Correspondence: ingrid.hotz-davies@ 123456uni-tuebingen.de
                Article
                10.14324/111.444.stw.2019.10
                3ea78633-e11f-4bfd-813d-b5b119596a5c
                Copyright © 2019, Ingrid Hotz-Davies

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited • DOI: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.stw.2019.10

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                Literary studies,History
                Kingdoms of Elfin ,ethnography,fairy stories,Warner
                Literary studies, History
                Kingdoms of Elfin , ethnography, fairy stories, Warner

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