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Melusine the Serpent Goddess in A. S. Byatt's Possession and in Mythology

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  • Melusine the Serpent Goddess in A. S. Byatt's Possession and in Mythology (Lexington Books) – Hardcover (2003)
    by Gillian Alban

    Melusine the Serpent Goddess in A. S. Byatt's Possession and in Mythology

    Hardcover, Lexington Books
    2003
    English
    307 pages

    ISBN: 0739104713
    ISBN-13: 9780739104712

    Gillian Alban meticulously pursues the Fairy Melusine snake-woman image through the plot and the poetry of A. S. Byatt's novel Possession, into medieval legend, and beyond into her antecedents in ancient myth. The book describes the erotically inspiring force of Melusine's love story and draws parallels with goddesses such as Lamia, Ishtar or Inanna, Isis, and Asherah. Mother, creator, and leader, the figure of Melusine was ultimately vilified and tellingly converted into the demon of patriarchal accounts, as seen in the ... Show more

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