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Mélusine : l’envol de la dragonne, de la fée à la femme, ou la littérature métamorphique

Abstract : Metamorphosis lies at the heart of the Melusinian legend. It concerns the passing from one kingdom to another since the fairy, appearing as a woman, can transform into a boar or, especially, a serpent or dragon. Melusine is a true spirit of Nature, wherein lies the explanation of her ability to assume the aspects of different creatures: metamorphosis expresses the fairy's very essence, as attested by the troubling theme of motherhood with which she is associated. Still, transformation of the beauty is not based solely in bodily change as Melusine is seeking a soul and aspiring to become a human woman in order to obtain salvation. This powerful metamorphic theme both engenders and motivates the rewritings of the legend in a variety of forms, from tale to poem, to drama or to novel, as shown by a rapid chronology. It is thus literature itself which becomes metamorphic.
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Myriam White-Le Goff. Mélusine : l’envol de la dragonne, de la fée à la femme, ou la littérature métamorphique. Meridian Critic – Analele Universităţii "Ştefan cel Mare" Suceava, 2008, Section littérature, XIV (1), pp. 45-50. ⟨hal-03790464⟩



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