• Art
  • Published 2001

Viviane, or the Difficulty of Loving

  title={Viviane, or the Difficulty of Loving},
  author={Isabelle Cani},
Although Merlin’s doom was caused by a woman, medieval literature provides us with two different representations of her and then two narratives: Viviane locking up Merlin in an airy jail through love, or Nivienne entombing him through hate. Today, the portrayal of Viviane consists of both versions, albeit unequally, in Anglo-Saxon romances in which the couple is unattainable, and in French ones, where it imposes itself as evidence. In both cases, Viviane expresses the difficulty of loving and… CONTINUE READING