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Good Dragons are Rare

An Inquiry into Literary Dragons East and West


Edited By Fanfan Chen and Thomas Honegger

Dragons are a universal phenomenon and have fascinated humans since the dawn of time. Yet whereas we have numerous studies into the origins of these fantastic creatures, there have been very few attempts at discussing their appearance, function and development within literary texts. The eighteen essays collected in this volume (8 in French, 6 in German and 4 in English) – written by an international cast of scholars – try to fill this gap by looking at dragons in literature East and West, contemporary and past.


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Von Babylon bis Eragon: Die Wechselwirkung von Mythos/Literatur und (Natur-)Wissenschaft in der westlichen Drachenvorstellung Friedhelm Schneidewind 1 A good dragon is hard to find: From draconitas to draco Thomas Honegger 27 Les dragons dans la littérature médiévale européenne: Le dragon, persona non grata Elisa Laurence Cousteix 61 Le Fier Baiser: ou comment apprivoiser un dragon (femelle) Anne Berthelot 77 Spenser’s Dragons Maik Goth 97 Was zur Beglaubigung dieser Historie dienen mag: Drachen bei Johann Jacob Scheuchzer Paul Michel 119 Drachen zum Lachen: Der Wandel des Drachenbilds in der spätviktorianischen Literatur Dieter Petzold 171 Domestizierte Drachen: Von der Zähmung und Auswilderung kinderliterarischer Drachen Maren Bonacker 191 Table of Contents Der Dichter hält es seltsamerweise für lohnend, Drachen zum Thema zu machen …: Der Drache als poetologisches Konzept von Realität bei J.R.R. Tolkien Patrick A. Brückner 215 J.R.R. Tolkien’s Dragons: The Evolution of Glaurung and Smaug Anne C. Petty 271 Dragons de «fantasy», dragons de science-fiction Roger Bozzetto 291 Les dragons de la Fantasy: Hobb, McCaffrey, Vonarburg Marie Burkhardt 303 Un monstre de la littérature: Walter Moers, Hildegunst von Mythenmetz et le jeu postmoderne Anne Isabelle François 325 “Not very well-designed creatures”? Terry Pratchetts Drachen zwischen Parodie und Ernst Thomas Fornet-Ponse 343 From the Western Poeticisation of Falkor and Temeraire to the Imaginary of Chinese Dragons Fanfan Chen 359 Histoire du Dragon au Japon Chiwaki Shinoda 383 Hayao Miyazaki et le(s) Dragon(s) de Chihiro Nathalie Dufayet 393 Autour...

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