New Release: Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth
Now available from Brill in print or ebook! In Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth, edited by Misty Urban, Deva F. Kemmis, and Melissa Ridley Elmes, twenty accomplished scholars offer an interdisciplinary analysis of the legendary medieval fairy Melusine. Combining approaches from art history, history, alchemy, literature, cultural studies, and medievalism, applying rigorous critical lenses ranging from feminism and comparative literature to film and monster theory, this study offers fresh insights into the popular French and German traditions and investigate Melusine’s English, Dutch, Spanish, and Chinese counterparts to illuminate Melusine’s dynamic resonances across cultures and time.
A magnificent book combining a wide variety of literary as well as artistic approaches. . . This enthralling work contributes extensively to Melusinia, presenting a figure who clearly continues to escape prescribed boundaries. —Gillian M. E. Alban, author of Melsuine the Serpent Goddess in A. S. Byatt’s Possession and in Mythology
Winner of 2017 Great River Writer’s Retreat
Misty was the fortunate recipient of the Midwest Writing Center’s Great River Writer’s Retreat, which awards a regional author with a week of quiet solitude to write, read, dream, and create at the Benet House, on the beautiful grounds of St. Mary’s Monastery in Rock Island, IL. Misty spend the week working on a historical novel about a young feminist firebrand who gets herself thrown into jail in 1792 London for advocating too forcefully for the rights of women.
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About the book
The ten stories in this haunting and hilarious collection offer a how-to manual for dealing with love, lies, and loneliness. Sam Wesson, an up-and-coming country-western singer, plots to get pregnant without her boyfriend’s consent, while Dacey, already pregnant, confronts her cheating husband over her secret checking account. Andrea rescues a stray dog to avoid facing her complicated human relationships. Sarah, an exotic dancer, longs for employment at a religious theme park, and Amelia dreams of creating impossible bonsai. Whether facing life-threatening illness or life-threatening loss, these characters scheme in humble, funny, sympathetic, and outrageous ways to find an etiquette that will deliver them from disappointment and shield them from crushing grief.