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Good Dragons are Rare

An Inquiry into Literary Dragons East and West

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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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Un monstre de la littérature: Walter Moers, Hildegunst von Mythenmetz et le jeu postmoderne 325

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Un monstre de la littérature Walter Moers, Hildegunst von Mythenmetz et le jeu postmoderne Anne Isabelle François Summary The article focuses on the narrative work of Walter Moers, especially his Zamonian series of novels and the character of Hildegunst von Mythenmetz, major figure of dragon and foremost writer of the continent. Moers thus reinvests the ancestral Western imaginaire of the dragon, freely picking amongst the traditional elements, giving shape to a properly original, post-modern and extremely striking character, playful homage to the figure of the dragon and monument raised to celebrate the powers of fiction. Paff, der Zauberdrache, lebte am Meer, auf einem Inselparadies, doch das ist schon lange her. Marlene Dietrich Le 24 août 2007, les téléspectateurs allemands ont eu la surprise de découvrir, si l’on ose dire, en écailles et en os une créature bien étrange, le plus grand écrivain du continent de Zamonie, Hildegunst von Mythenmetz («Hildegunst Taillemythes»), venu, de manière impromptue, faire la promotion de la dernière traduction d’un de ses ouvrages, le «conte culinaire» («kulinarisches Märchen») Der Schrecksenmeister. Il s’agit là du plus important des dragons d’une longue série née de l’imagination fertile de Walter Moers, qui s’est forgé une solide réputation d’auteur iconoclaste et inventif. Pierre angulaire de cet univers, et en particulier du «cycle» 1 baroque de Zamonie, la figure centrale du dragon-auteur permet à Moers de réinventer toute l’histoire littéraire notamment occidentale, 1 Il ne s’agit en fait,...

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