The article is an attempt at a gender reading of the motif of undine and
melusine in three texts by contemporary Austrian writers: Ingeborg Bachmann (Undine
Goes), Barbara Neuwirth (Nimm diese Rosen, Schöne) and Barbara Frischmuth (Otter).
In the introduction, the author describes the mythological and literary context
in which this motif functions, and then places the analyses of the above mentioned
works against this background. Another important issue is the question of the feminist
progressiveness of the texts under examination: basing on the assumption that Bachmann’s
work is characterised by (pre)feminist thinking, the author places in its context
the texts by Neuwirth and Frischmuth, written several decades later.