C.S. Lewis’ interaction with John Milton’s Paradise Lost, in particular his commentary on and retelling of Milton’s version of the myth of humanity's Fall, allow us to track Lewis’s evolving stance on gender through his changing presentation of Eve-figures. His intertextual interactions with Paradise Lost and Eve change dramatically from A Preface to Paradise Lost and Perelandra to the later The Magician’s Nephew. Lewis’s fragmentation of Eve into multiple characters in The Magician’s Nephew exhibits specifically gendered changes from his early depictions of Eve, reflecting the more nuanced consideration of gender evidenced in Lewis’ later years.
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Mythcon 52: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico; July 29 - August 1, 2022