Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis examines the literary tapestry of trauma wound within representations of femininity throughout the Arthuriad. In many of the legendary Arthurian narratives, women are marginalized, cast as pawns and scapegoats, or erased from the mythology entirely. Although scholarship has done much to uncover and improve the legacy, values, and standing of these characters, particularly through the lens of feminist analyses, the troubling reputation they maintain within past and modern primary texts has yet to be explored. I argue that the adaptations and transformations of a specific feminine voice from across periods and forms within the tradition creates a long-standing traumatic space which echoes, extends, and re-orients the myth. By focusing on Morgan le Fay, I demonstrate how her various representations and manifestations form a collection of traumas which persist through the character’s narrative progression, ultimately hindering her struggle to attain autonomy, and thereby illuminating the myth’s problematic continuities.
Bezbradica, Viktorija, "In a Space of their Own: Literary Representations of Feminine Trauma through the Arthuriad." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.
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