The mood of the golden age: paganism, ecotheology and the wild woods in L.M. Montgomery’s Anne and Emily series

Kirstie Blair, William V. Thompson

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This article discusses the intersection of pagan and Christian allusions in Montgomery’s depiction of her heroines’ love of nature, contextualising these within the renewed interest in paganism in early twentieth-century literature and concentrating particularly on discussions of trees and woods in the Anne and Emily series. It suggests that the attitudes towards nature and God displayed in these works anticipate themes in current ecotheological discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-147
Number of pages17
JournalLiterature and Theology
Issue number2
Early online date26 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2016


  • theology
  • children's literature
  • Canadian literature
  • ecocriticism

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