C4P: Octavia Cade - “Spring Again”: The Problem Of Evil And The End Of Winter In C.S. Lewis's Na



Luna's third Call for Papers, A Shadow Within: Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction will be released on Wednesday the 14th of August, at Dublin Worldcon. Explore the 21 brilliant papers you will find in the book.

Today, we would like to introduce you to Octavia Cade (New Zealand). PhD in science communication.

Presenting the paper: “Spring Again”: The Problem Of Evil And The End Of Winter In C.S. Lewis's Narnia.

Octavia says:

"In The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, evil is perceived as directly resulting from personal choice. Each individual is solely responsible for their own moral decisions, and these decisions both impact the continuing ethical development of the self and influence how the individual addresses the problem of evil. This is particularly well illustrated in the case of Edmund Pevensie, and this paper argues that it is his willingness to accept and atone for the evil within himself that directly leads to the end of the enchanted winter imposed on Narnia. In this sense, evil is not only present within the individual, but is externalised in the land that that individual inhabits."

Octavia Cade is a New Zealand writer. She's had over 40 short stories published, in venues such as Clarkesworld, Asimov's, and Strange Horizons. A non-fiction collection on food and horror was published in 2017, and several papers on speculative fiction have been published in Scandinavica, Horror Studies, and the BFS Journal. She's won three Sir Julius Vogel awards, and has been shortlisted for a BSFA award. She attended Clarion West 2016.

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