This essay acknowledges George MacDonald’s sense of the fairy tale as a feminine form, expressive of imaginative and nonrational modes of thought. But most of his fantasy work delivers a dual world, a world in which fantasy and reality intersect. More precisely, his world exists on the border between fantasy and reality. The essay extrapolates from this border position to meditate on gender in MacDonald’s fairy tales and concludes that MacDonald envisages a world of fairy that we can suitably term “queer.”
McGillis, Roderick. "“A Fairytale Is Just a Fairytale”: George MacDonald and the Queering of Fairy." Marvels & Tales 17.1 (2003). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol17/iss1/5>.