Arthurian and Courtly Cultures

The Myth of Morgan la Fey

Authors: Pérez, K.

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The sister of King Arthur goes by many names: sorceress, kingmaker, death-wielder, mother, lover, goddess. The Myth of Morgan la Fey reveals her true identity through a comprehensive investigation of the famed enchantress' evolution - or devolution - over the past millennium and its implications for gender relations today.

About the authors

Kristina Pérez is Visiting Assistant Professor, Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong.

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"This fascinating and readable book traces the figure of Morgan la Fey from her origins in Irish Sovereignty legends via her development in medieval Arthurian romances through to her representation in modern popular culture, showing how the fairy serves as a focus for deep-seated anxieties about women and the feminine. This book draws authoritatively on many disciplines to throw new light on our ideas about love, power, and motherhood even today. Most importantly, it shows how many aspects of modern culture which we take for granted have their roots deep in Celtic mythology and its medieval elaboration. This book is recommended for anyone interested in the ethics of gender, the development of ideas about women and the feminine, and the long history of the Arthurian legends." - Sarah Kay, Professor of French, New York University, USA

"Pérez hits all the right notes in her work on Morgan la Fey and she does so with an irresistibly light touch. She understands the Celtic origins and the French and English versions in which the story has come down to us and she brings to bear on the material a balanced feminist reading plus a rich understanding of the complexity of the character. Pérez has all the scholarly apparatus down and she also visibly loves her material. This is a classic study of a misunderstood woman that offers a unique view of how well the medieval world, that often seems so distant from us, can touch and inform a modern sensibility." - Bill Burgwinkle, Professor of Medieval French and Occitan Literature, University of Cambridge, UK

"This book takes a character everyone has heard of Morgan la Fey and reveals in an accessible and engaging way the unknown secrets of a female sorceress who has bewitched writers for over a millennium." - Michael Scott, Assistant Professor, University of Warwick and host of Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth (BBC4)

"This is a most timely and innovative study of a remarkable literary phenomenon. Pérez has produced a wide-ranging, authoritative, and, most of all, sparklingly fresh study of the figure of Morgan la Fey, one of medieval literature's most intriguing female figures." - Geraldine Parsons, Lecturer of Celtic and Gaelic, University of Glasgow, UK

"With passion and subtlety, Kristina Pérez reveals the power and perennial nature of the myth of Morgan la Fey. She illuminates why Morgan remains - from ancient goddess to medieval enchantress - an important presence in contemporary popular culture. Both the embodiment of different possible femininities as well as various masculine fantasies, Morgan la Fey is a modern figure in the constant process of reinvention. The greatest strength of Pérez's work is simultaneously guiding the reader through Morgan's metamorphoses while ensuring her audience remains cognizant of the significance of each new incarnation." - Christelle Taraud, Professor at the Center for 19th Century History, University of Paris-Sorbonne IV, France


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pérez, Kristina

    Pages 1-14

  • How to Handle a Woman: Perversion or Psychosis?

    Pérez, Kristina

    Pages 15-34

  • Courtly Masochism

    Pérez, Kristina

    Pages 35-53

  • Monstrous Mothers: Morgan La Fey and Mélusine

    Pérez, Kristina

    Pages 55-71

  • Divine Mothers: Morgan, the Dame Du Lac, and the Virgin Mary

    Pérez, Kristina

    Pages 73-101

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Hardcover $100.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Myth of Morgan la Fey
Authors
Series Title
Arthurian and Courtly Cultures
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33298-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137332981
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-34025-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-46480-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 262
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