After having dissected the origins of Mulan, we were able to observe her Turkish-Mongolian origins in North China during the 4th century in a context of cultural mix due to the incessant wars. In the original ballad, she was a esteemed general who refused honors to rejoin her family and quietly resumed her life as a woman after the war against the nomads of the North. Devoid of romance, it is clearly distinguished from stories centered on a female character thanks to a perfectly egalitarian message. Since she is not bothered by the social barrier, Mulan can rise to the highest military rank, a post supposed to be the ultimate male prerogative which is achieved as much by talent in combat as by clever military strategies. And above all, victorious battles.
If this message should be understood by everyone today, it is obvious that it was a minority at that time and that it will remain so for some time before the wave of strong women in the 1990's (despite a large number of feminist stories all throughout history but who were generally drowned in the mass when they were not simply censored).
Bookseller specialized in manga and comics, then in children's and fantasy literature since 2005, I am passionate about all possible cultural creations.
A jack of all trades, I have also passionately studied zetetics in university and the chemico-physical sciences have always attracted me as much as the social sciences.
Since 2015, I have embarked on the creation of this site to share my passion for fantasy and the discovery of the history of the imaginary.
Each article takes me several months to read the original sources and to revise the creations resulting from or referring to them in order to analyze their evolution or their reinterpretation in the most neutral way possible.
While appeasing my thirst for discovery, I hope to help people appreciate in a new light the works drawing from this endless register that is the collective imagination.
- Anthony Barone -