Exploring Guinevere's Search for Authenticity in the Arthurian Romances: The Thousand Year Quest for a Mythic Woman to Find Her Historical Embodiment

Exploring Guinevere's Search for Authenticity in the Arthurian Romances: The Thousand Year Quest for a Mythic Woman to Find Her Historical Embodiment

By: Janet Bubar Rich (author)Hardback

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This work is the most complete study of the Guinevere figure in Western Literature. Its special value focuses on this woman in her own right. Guinevere, or Gwenhwyfar, whose name from the Celtic tradition means phantom, spirit, or faery, is not surprisingly of otherworldly origins. In many myths, however, she loses her otherworldly status and is vilified; in some, she is helpless in ways that accentuate a knight's prowess at protecting her. In the Arthurian romances that are part of our Western tradition and influence, Guinevere, who is both exalted and marginalized, remains in the shadows. This work journeys into Guinevere's world, from early Eastern traditions and medieval times to today's Information Age, and gives her and those whom she influences a voice. The author argues that Guinevere is the anima, the feminine soul who provides the main medium of communication with the deeper aspects of the unconscious and invites soul-making. This work imagines her in an androgynous world that allows her to be her own person.

Contents

1. The Many Faces of Guinevere; 2. Mythopoetic Grounding; 3. Guinevere the Symbol; 4. Guinevere the Woman; 5 Guinevere on Stages and Pages; 6. Moving Guinevere's Myth Forward.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773426634
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 268
  • ID: 9780773426634
  • ISBN10: 0773426639

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