• Jan Shaw
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


The conclusion highlights two points that the text of Melusine makes. First, cultural memory has a tendency to write out women’s capacities, spaces, and memories—in other words, their own identities—and the text works to redress this imbalance through the resuscitation of women as fully participating subjects in the community. Second, the answer is not to be found in a separation of the sexes, although this might be an interim tactic; rather, it is in a mutuality of trust and a continuing cycle of exchange and negotiation between the sexes, all within a context that acknowledges the value of difference. The text of Melusine encourages audience participation through recollection, reflection, and the acknowledgment of individual difference.


Cultural Memory Reading Position Happy Ending Cultural Narrative Negative Reading 
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  • Jan Shaw
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  1. 1.University of SydneyDepartment of EnglishSydneyAustralia

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