Abstract

Critical opinion about Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn (1968) remains sharply divided: there are those who deem the work a minor masterpiece and those who find it simplistic and severely flawed. The overwhelmingly positive audience response to The Last Unicorn, however, indicates that what appears to be a simple story is actually a complex revisioning of the fairy tale. This essay investigates The Last Unicorn as a self-reflexive symbolic narrative that is as much concerned with the regeneration of meaningful language as it is with the process of psychic transformation.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6563
Print ISSN
0147-2593
Pages
pp. 416-426
Launched on MUSE
2005-09-28
Open Access
No
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