n Mousaion - Woman↔dragon : Ursula K. Le Guin's transformations in and

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



In this article, I explore Ursula K. Le Guin's representation of dragons in her later Earthsea fiction: (1991), (2001b) and (2001a). I argue that Le Guin engages transformatively with traditional depictions of dragons by linking them to women. While this is in keeping with earlier perspectives on dragons, in Le Guin's fiction the association becomes a source of power, rather than ( Julia Kristeva 1982) abjection of the women whose lives are linked to dragon nature. All the same, the author does not sentimentalise either dragons or women, but uses transgressive porousness between them as signs in order to refigure both. The dragon, in Le Guin's writing, finds and reclaims hybridity and monstrosity rather than transcending them.

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