Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

MA English




Jonathan Farina, Ph.D

Committee Member

Nancy Enright, Ph.D


George MacDonald, science, Victorian, novel, 19th century, Lilith


This article analyzes George MacDonald’s realist novels. It looks at how David Elginbrod, Alec Forbes of Howglen, and Lilith engage with scientific discourse and epistemological concerns of the period. These scientific and epistemological dealings include a positive evaluation of evolution, a resistance to pseudoscience and Calvinism, an endorsement of non-dualism, and an analysis of scientific models and methods. The generic classification of Lilith as a realist novel with fantastical elements is discussed.



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