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Possession: A Romance and A.S. Byatt’s Use of Fairy Tales and Myths: An Investigation of the Female Tension between Passion and Intellect

By Susan Kieda


Discussion of the novel Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt, which investigates the female tension between passion (love, sexuality, motherhood) and intellect (independence, privacy, and artistry) and warns against embracing one identity trait at the expense of the other; analysis of the role of fairy tales and myths in the character development of Christabel LaMotte, Ellen Ash, and Maud Bailey; analysis of the juxtaposition of fairy tales and myths, Victorian England, and England in the 1980s; symbolic meaning of Rapunzel, The Little Mermaid, SnowWhite, The Glass Coffin, selkies, Medusa, and Melusine

Topics: female, identity, passion, intellect
Publisher: ScholarWorks@GVSU
Year: 2010
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