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C. S. Lewis in Context by Doris T. Myers PDF

By Doris T. Myers

ISBN-10: 0873384970

ISBN-13: 9780873384971

ISBN-10: 0873386175

ISBN-13: 9780873386173

even supposing C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) completed a degree of recognition as a fiction author, literary students have tended to view him as a minor determine operating in a trifling genre-science fiction-or have pigeonholed him as a Christian apologist and moralist. In C. S. Lewis in Context, Doris T. Myers areas his paintings within the literary milieu of his instances and the general public context of language instead of within the inner most realm of private behavior or relationships.  A vital debate early within the twentieth century involved the character of language:  used to be it basically aim and empirical, as Charles ok. Ogden and Ivor A. Richards argued within the which means of that means, or basically metaphorical and impressionistic, the technique of Owen Garfield in Poetic Diction? Lewis espoused the latter idea and built-in it into the aim and magnificence of his fiction. Myers for that reason argues that he used to be no longer “out of contact together with his time:’ as a few critics declare, yet a 20th-century literary determine engaged within the problems with his day.  New readings of lots of Lewis’s most sensible identified works replicate this linguistic approach.  for instance, Myers analyzes The Pilgrim’s Regress (1933) when it comes to a contrast among archetypal and person metaphor to focus on the work’s strengths and weaknesses. rather than examining That Hideous power (1945) conventionally as a safety of Christianity, she reformulates the talk as that of language the facilitator of rule as opposed to language the tool of tyranny. She additionally attracts a brand new parallel among the Chronicles of Narnia and Spenser’s Faerie Queen, displaying that they're modeled on related heroic beliefs and narrative technique.  Out of the Silent Planet (1938), Perelandra (1943), and until now we have Faces (1956) are mentioned in a brand new gentle as well.  by way of impending Lewis’s fiction throughout the linguistic controversies of his day, Myers not just develops a brand new framework during which to guage his works, but in addition clarifies his literary contributions.  This worthwhile learn will entice literary and linguistic students in addition to to normal fanatics of Lewis’s fiction.

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