Quests and Other Worlds

Monica Germanà

in Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637645
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652259 | DOI:
Quests and Other Worlds

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This chapter analyses the issues of quests and other worlds in the contemporary fantastic writings of Scottish women, explaining that magical journeys to other worlds embody the metaphor of border crossing and the overcoming of familiar thresholds to explore the ‘other’. It describes the deconstructive function the journey and the other world perform in relation to stable notions of identity and ontology. The chapter examines the complex trajectories traced by the most eminently fantastic texts of Margaret Elphinstone's The Incomer and Alison Fell's The Mistress of Lilliput.

Keywords: quests; other worlds; fantastic writings; Scottish women; magical journeys; identity; ontology; Margaret Elphinstone; Incomer; Alison Fell

Chapter.  18457 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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