The Enchantress Adapted: Morgan le Fay in Contemporary Fantasy Media
Although the world of fantasy media has become more and more popular over the years, the representation of female characters with interesting personalities and depth of character and morality has sometimes failed to meet expectations. This thesis looks at the character of Morgan le Fay from Arthurian legend- specifically in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur and Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Vita Merlini- to see how modern creators adapt this enchantress. The modern works analysed are Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon and BBC’s series Merlin. Looking at these adaptations may give us insight into how women overall are represented in contemporary fantasy works.
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