My academic interests
My dissertation explores the mythology surrounding Lilith. Specifically, I am looking at the use of the looking-glass in fin de siècle writing and how writers use her myth and the symbol of the mirror to reflect growing anxieties of female sexuality.
In Judaic theology, Lilith is the first wife of Adam and created before Eve. This is evidenced in the Midrash, as theologians tried to explain the two creation accounts in Genesis, where woman seems to have been both created at the same time as man and also from his rib. The Alphabet of Ben Sira illustrates her 'rebellious' nature,
When God created the first man Adam alone, God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” [So] God created a woman for him, from the earth like him, and called her Lilith. They [Adam and Lilith] promptly began to argue with each other: She said, “I will not lie below,” and he said, “I will not lie below, but above, since you are fit for being below and I for being above.” She said to him, “The two of us are equal, since we are both from the earth.” And they would not listen to each other. Since Lilith saw [how it was], she uttered God's ineffable name and flew away into the air. Adam stood in prayer before his Maker and said, “Master of the Universe, the woman you gave me fled from me!”
Lilith's myth transmigrates through many religions and cultures and she is still worshipped today as a Dark Mother Goddess. However her reappearance in the fin de siecle and the misrepresentation of her myth provides a lens to explore the cultural complexities of patriarchal fear.
If anyone has any information on the Lilith myth that you think fits into my research, then please email me or pop up on social media!
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