C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra
Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos
Publication Year: 2013
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.
Published by: The Kent State University Press
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Perelandra is unparalleled among C. S. Lewisâs works in the audacity and grandeur of its conception. This collection of essays brings together a world-class group of literary, theological, and Lewisian scholars to examine the scope of this conception and work out some of its practical implications.Lewis is a scholar whose originality is indivisible from his commit-...
Abbreviations for Works by C. S. Lewis
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C. S. Lewis and theAnthropological Approach
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I was one of that generation of Americans who discovered C. S. Lewis just as he was beginning to be well known in the States. That was fifty years ago, and, like many others, I remain indebted to Chad Walsh and his first book about LewisâC. S. Lewis: apostle to the Skeptics (1949). Itâs still my favorite book on Lewis, and though many of todayâs readers ...
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Voyage to Venus
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When I think of Perelandra, the word that comes immediately to mind is plenitude. Plenitude . . . abundance . . . bounty: these are the qualities that linger upon the imaginative palate. In this second volume of his Cosmic Trilogy,Â¹ Lewis has created a veritable cornucopia, almost overwhelming in the intensity and vitality of the sensory pleasures that it describes, heaping ...
“For the Dance All Things Were Made”
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At the end of C. S. Lewisâs novel Perelandra, his hero Ransom has a whole year to gaze at a vision of the Great Dance. In the briefer time it will take to read this essay, I hope to open up some of the wonders of this cosmic dance. For it is extraordinary. In its context it sums up the themes of the novel, but it also uncovers the depths of Lewisâs religious vision of the ...
Perelandra in Its Own Time
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In the first two volumes of the Space Trilogy, Out of the Silent Planet (1938) and Perelandra (1943), C. S. Lewis presents his readers with a clear line of continuity and development as they proceed from one novel to the next. The continuity rests primarily on the conflict between the Christian pro-tagonist, Elwin Ransom, and his two ruthless foesâthe physicist Weston ...
Surprised by the Feminine
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...âWas C. S. Lewis sexist?â This question seems facile to many, and the com-mon verdict is, âIndeed he was!â To some, he is a product of a sexist era, another âdead, white male poetâ whose works should be approached with caution. After all, this is the man who in 1927 voted to limit the number of âwimmenâ studying at Oxford.Â¹ his comments on âthe masculine [as] ...
The Center and the Rim
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The writings of C. S. Lewis are deeply interrelated. Of special interest for the cultural historian are the relations between his scholarly and fictional works. They closely comment on one another: The allegory of Love (written in parallel with the allegory Pilgrimâs Regress) is, in a way, a collection of images later expressed in the symbolism of Narnia. a Pref-...
Morality and MeaninginPerelandra
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Though many students of literature need no introduction to the works of C. S. Lewis, few would profess any familiarity with âthe wisest and best of [his] unofficial teachers.â Lewis not only praises Owen Barfield in these words in his dedication to The allegory of Love but elsewhere explicitly recommends Barfieldâs book Poetic Diction to his readers. This paper ...
Myth, Pluralism, and Choice
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In his essay âMyth Became Fact,â Lewis argues that there is a dichotomy between human thought and human experience: intellectually, we can grasp only the abstract, but we can experience only the concrete. If we attempt to examine the objects of our experience, we cease to experience them as themselves: they instantly become mere instances or examples of a ...
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In a letter to his old friend Arthur Greeves, dated September 12, 1933, C. S. Lewis responds to a question Arthur had raised about âGod and evil.âÂ¹ The classic academic dilemma, as Lewis would later summarize it in The Problem of Pain, goes like this: âIf God were good, he would wish to make his creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty he would ...
Free to Fall
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In his essay âOn Science Fiction,â C. S. Lewis explains that his Cosmic TrilogyâOut of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strengthâshould be understood as a subspecies of the genre of science fiction. The effect Lewis attempts in his science fiction is to create âanother world, . . . actual additions to lifeâ that âenlarge our conception of the range of ...
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Publication Year: 2013