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Lucy Ella Rose

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421454

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421454.001.0001

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The Metamorphic Mermaid in Fairy Tales and Feminism

The Metamorphic Mermaid in Fairy Tales and Feminism

(p.214) Chapter 7 The Metamorphic Mermaid in Fairy Tales and Feminism
Suffragist Artists in Partnership

Lucy Ella Rose

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 7 explores Evelyn’s series of Symbolist paintings based on Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairytale ‘The Little Mermaid’ in relation to early and more recent feminism, and shows how she employed the metamorphic mermaid as a model for socio-political transformation from captivity to liberty. Her paintings are compared with contemporary literary and visual texts in order to show how her work, often positioned in relation to male Pre-Raphaelite artists, dialogised with early feminist iconography. Chapters 6 and 7 reveal George Watts’s and Evelyn De Morgan’s statuses as suffragist poet-painters and/or narrative painters who re-presented women to promote socio-political reform.

Keywords:   Mermaid, metamorphosis, fairytales, feminism, symbolist painting, Hans Christian Andersen, Pre-Raphaelite, transformation, captivity, liberty

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