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From Medieval literature to contemporary books and films, Morgana Le Fay, the famed sorceress of Arthurian legend, is a compelling and powerful female figure. Through a meta-analytic review of several Medieval texts, among them, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Erec and Enide, and L’ Morte de Arthur, this research project reviews representations of Morgana Le Fay throughout Medieval literature and examines Morgana Le Fay’s cultural relevance as a uncommon portrayal of female power and agency. This presentation argues that Morgana Le Fay is highly symbolic of the magical feminine and that portrayals of her gradually change from positive to negative with the increased male hegemonic authority of Christianity. Morgana Le Fay’s ties to the magical feminine, healing, and witchcraft are a significator of renegade female behavior that acts in opposition to patriarchal Medieval society. Her increased characterization as a dangerous and evil woman within Post-Vulgate Arthurian narratives is indicative of her power and autonomy in relation to male authority. This presentation posits that Morgana Le Fay is an unusual example of female agency and, as such, provides valuable insight to dichotomous representations of women in Medieval literature as good (confined) or evil (unconfined).


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  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 2201

  • Event date
    • 2 November 2019

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022