Female archetypes in the Barzaz Breiz and the influence of Théodore Hersart de la Villemarqué’s editing on the portrayal of women

  • Betty Anne Noir

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


This paper identifies different types of female characters (young girl, daughter, sister, sweetheart, fiancée, wife, mother, stepmother, widow, female saint) featured in the Barzaz Breiz and the connected themes (religion, beauty, violence), examining patterns in characterization. Part Two of this paper includes three case studies of song texts from the Barzaz Breiz (Loiza hag Abalard, Ar Plac’h Dimezet Gand Satan, Ar Breur Mager), comparing them to different versions from other collections and discussing Théodore Hersart de la Villemarqué’s editorial practices and their influence on the portrayal of women.
Date of Award2017
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Aberystwyth University
SupervisorRhianedd Jewell (Supervisor), Cathryn Charnell-White (Supervisor), Richard Roberts (Supervisor) & Rhisiart Hincks (Supervisor)

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