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This front matter section of the book Airy Nothings contains the table of contents, an introduction, notes on contributors, and a list of illustrations. The book presents collection of essays of some of the main chapters from the history and tradition of otherworldly spirits and fairies in the literature of the British Isles and Northern Europe. The first thematic group, comprising two opening contributions of this volume, focuses on the role and importance of the imagination as a means of recreating otherworldly perceptions. The concluding set of essays examines the artistic and literary afterlives of otherworldly creatures who, failing to sustain their intellectual recognition as genuine physical or metaphysical entities, succeed in living happily ever after in the literary imagination. The only reality that the imagination can conjure up is the 'great constancy' of make-belief.

Keywords: British Isles; fairies; Northern Europe; otherworldly spirits

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This front matter section of this book Airy Nothings: Imagining the Otherworld of Faerie from the Middle Ages to the Age of Reason contains the table of contents, introduction, Alasdair MacDonald: in praise of versatility, acknowledgements, notes on contributors and list of illustrations. The book presents some of the main chapters from the history and tradition of otherworldly spirits and fairies in the folklore and literature of the British Isles and Northern Europe. It deals with some of the main problems posed by the scholarly and artistic confrontation with the Otherworld, which not only fuelled the imagination, but also led to the ultimate redundancy of learned perceptions of that Otherworld as it was finally obfuscated by the clarity of an enlightened age.

Keywords: northern Europe; otherworldly spirits

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