9781137022646

Morgan le Fay, Shapeshifter

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137022646

  • ISBN10:

    1137022647

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-03-13
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

This study re-examines the appearances and absences of Morgan le Fay in early medieval through contemporary Arthurian sources, arguing that she illustrates the concerns of each era even as she continually evades and confounds social and gender expectations. Morgan's ambiguous nature transcends archetypes and limited definitions as she challenges traditional ideas of femininity, monstrousness, resistance, identity and social expectations for women and men alike.

Author Biography

Jill M. Hebert is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saint Mary, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: To be a Shapeshifter
1. For the Healing of His Wounds? The Seeds of Ambiguity in Latin Sources
2. Sisters of the Forest: Morgan and Her Analogues in Arthurian Romance
3. Morgan in Malory
4. Morgan's Presence-in-Absence in Renaissance, Romantic, and Victorian Works
5. Imprisoned by Ideology: Modern and Fantasy Portrayals
Conclusion: Beyond Limits

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