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Vampires et sorcières: trois femmes puissantes dans la littérature francophone
Vampires and Witches: Three Powerful Women in Francophone Literature

Author(s): Maria Cristina Batalha
Subject(s): Cultural Essay
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: witches; evil; fantastic literature; wonderful Realism;
Summary/Abstract: This paper aims to analyse the novels Heloise (1980); by Anne Hebert; Moi; Tituba sorciere… Noire de Salem (1986); by Maryse Conde; and La sorciere (1996); by Marie NDiaye; to present three female characters endowed with supernatural powers. On one hand; we see a vampire who exhibits the crack of human psychology; namely the double essence of the world; shared between Good and Evil. On the other hand; there is Tituba; who uses magic as the last anchor of an identity built on the black diaspora; and as a space of freedom that allows the realization of the most primitive desires; where a collective past is released. Finally; there is Lucie; a failed modern witch; whose powers serve to exhibit the nonsense of reality.

  • Page Range: 73-94
  • Page Count: 22
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: French