Abstract

Alexander's mermaid, famous in Greek folktale, makes a brief but extraordinary appearance in the Alexander Romance. This analysis of her presence in a small set of Romance manuscripts reveals the unique work of a Byzantine redactor and his creative effort to merge this oral folktale into the fantastic portion of the literary Romance. The mermaid, however, proves to be absent from subsequent versions of the Romance, a result of her incompatibility with the textual Romance.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2160-5157
Print ISSN
1040-3612
Pages
pp. 105-134
Launched on MUSE
2011-04-06
Open Access
No
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