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C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra
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C. S. Lewis considered his novel Perelandra (1943) among his favorite works. A triumph of imaginative science fiction writing, Perelandra—part of Lewis’s “Space Trilogy”—is also theologically ambitious. C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos argues that point and also how the novel synthesizes the three traditions of cosmology, mythology, and Christianity. The first group of essays considers the cosmological implications of the world Lewis depicts in Perelandra while the second group examines the relationship between morality and meaning in Lewis’s created cosmology of the world of Perelandra.

This work brings together a world-class group of literary and theological scholars and Lewis specialists that includes Paul S. Fid-des, Monika B. Hilder, Sanford Schwartz, Michael Travers, and Michael Ward. The collection is enhanced by Walter Hooper’s reminiscences of his conversations with Lewis about Perelandra and the possible provenance of the stories in Lewis’s imagination.

C. S. Lewis scholars and devoted readers alike will find this volume indispensible to the understanding of this canonical work of speculative fiction.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: The Scope and Vision of This Study
  2. pp. vii-xv
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  1. Abbreviations for Works by C. S. Lewis
  2. pp. xvi-xviii
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  1. C. S. Lewis and the Anthropological Approach
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. The Perelandran Cosmos
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. Voyage to Venus: Lewis’s Imaginative Path to Perelandra
  2. pp. 13-32
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  1. “For the Dance All Things Were Made”: The Great Dance in C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra
  2. pp. 33-49
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  1. Perelandra in Its Own Time: A Modern View of the Space Trilogy
  2. pp. 50-68
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  1. Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of Gender Discourse in C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra
  2. pp. 69-82
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  1. The Center and the Rim: Inversions of the System of the Heavens in Perelandra and The Discarded Image
  2. pp. 83-96
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  1. Morality and Meaning in Perelandra
  2. pp. 97-98
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  1. Perelandran Diction: A Study in Meaning
  2. pp. 99-121
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  1. Myth, Pluralism, and Choice: Perelandra and Lewis on Religious Truth
  2. pp. 122-132
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  1. Frightful Freedom: Perelandra as Imaginative Theodicy
  2. pp. 133-143
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  1. Free to Fall: The Moral Ground of Events on Perelandra
  2. pp. 144-155
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 156-158
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 159-160
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 180-180
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