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Mélusine, la violence des sentiments

Abstract : The historical and political novels of Melusine, by Jean d’Arras and by Coudrette, can be read as an immense love story, if we conceal the fact that this love originates and develops from crime and blood laws. The marvels that characterise medieval novels are in themselves ambivalent, situating them between romantic and dark tales. The fairy protagonist is built on a mythical and imaginary figure of fearful feminine. The story develops around heavy secrets and unspoken events: passionate violence, revenge, patricide, infanticide… The link between romantic novel and dark novel gets tighter around the maternal figure and filiation, around what Julia Kristeva has called the “abject”. The reader understands that romantic and dark are the two sides of one single material. Paradoxically, the darkness elevates more than the romance, or, to be clearer, love creates the desire for elevation, but the darkness makes it necessary. The darkness gives a finality to the romance.
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Myriam White-Le Goff. Mélusine, la violence des sentiments. Malice, le Magazine des Littératures et des Cultures à l'ère numérique , 2022, Roman rose, roman noir, n°15. ⟨hal-03791574⟩



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