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Mythic Symbolism and Cultural Anthropology in Three Early Works by Marguerite Yourcenar

By (author) Patricia Frederick
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 1st Jan 1995
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0773490795
ISBN-13: 9780773490796
Barcode No: 9780773490796
This study, which relies on the theories of Mircea Eliade, Gilbert Durand, C. G. Jung, offers a symbolic reading of three early works, all originally published in the 1930's. During that decade, Yourcenar's metaphysical thinking expressed itself through myth, and as the writer herself affirms, many of her characters thus represent "figures of mythical magnitude". In addition to disproving comments regarding the anti-feminist aspects of Yourcenar's writing, this study of her short fiction also attempts to show the fundamental originality of the early narratives, and to establish them as masterpieces of French literature.

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