Lilith in a New Light

Essays on the George MacDonald Fantasy Novel

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About the Book

Considered George MacDonald’s greatest work, Lilith (1895) is among the most popular and profound fantasy novels of the Victorian era. This collection of critical essays is the first book-length study of this important literary work. The selections function in working dialogue with one another, driven by the central idea of liminality in fantasy literature. In addition to providing fresh interpretations of the novel, these essays implement esteemed background scholarship on Lilith, including that of notable author C.S. Lewis. Analytical topics include MacDonald’s rhetorical strategy as a writer of prose romance, the implications of the novel’s famous “endless ending,” and the significance of Lilith in the development of modern fantasy.

About the Author(s)

Lucas H. Harriman lives in Davie, Florida, and is pursuing doctoral work at the University of Miami.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Lucas H. Harriman. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 191
Bibliographic Info: bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2008
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3810-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

1. Liminality in Lilith      7

ROBERT A. COLLINS

2. Liminality and the Everyday in Lilith      15

TOM SHIPPEY

3. Lilith, Textuality, and the Rhetoric of Romance      21

MICHAEL MENDELSON

4. Myth, Mysticism, and Magic: Reading at the Close of Lilith      39

VERLYN FLIEGER

5. The Logic of Fantasy and the Crisis of Closure in Lilith      46

COLIN MANLOVE

6. The Demoness and the Grail: Deciphering Lilith      59

JEANNE MURRAY WALKER

7. A Fresh Look at Lilith’s Perplexing Dimensions      71

ROLLAND HEIN

8. Collins Agonistes; or, Why Did I Bother To?      83

ROGER C. SCHLOBIN

9. The Revelatory Potential of Lilith’s Immanent Eternity      85

LUCAS H. HARRIMAN

10. Frustrated Interpretation in Lilith      93

JOHN PENNINGTON

11. Liminality as Psychic Stage in Lilith      103

RODERICK MCGILLIS

12. Cosmic and Psychological Redemption in Lilith      111

BONNIE GAARDEN

13. Lilith as the Mystic’s Magnum Opus      128

ELIZABETH ROBINSON

14. Chiasmatic Christianity: Lilith’s Sense of an Ending      143

KELLY SEARSMITH

15. The (As Yet) Endless Ending of Lilith      161

DAVID M. MILLER

About the Contributors      177

Index      179

Book Reviews & Awards

Finalist, Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies—The Mythopoeic Society
“a worthy addition”—SFRA Review; “valuable…any serious scholar attempting to write about Lilith or to approach fantansy literature of the fin de siecle will welcome this volume”—Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.