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The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis

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Robert MacSwain, John V. Fleming, Stephen Logan, Dennis Danielson, Mark Edwards, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Paul S. Fiddes, Charles Taliaferro, Gilbert Meilaender, Joseph P. Cassidy, Caroline J. Simon, Ann Loades, Judith Wolfe, Stanley Hauerwas, Michael Ward, David Jasper, T. A. Shippey, Jerry L. Walls, Alan Jacobs, Peter J. Schakel, Malcolm Guite
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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521711142

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  • A distinguished academic, influential Christian apologist, and best-selling author of children's literature, C. S. Lewis is a controversial and enigmatic figure who continues to fascinate, fifty years after his death. This Companion is the first comprehensive single-volume study written by an international team of scholars to survey Lewis's career as a literary historian, popular theologian, and creative writer. Twenty-one expert voices from Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, and Wheaton, among many other places of learning, analyze Lewis's work from theological, philosophical, and literary perspectives. Some chapters consider his professional contribution to fields such as critical theory and intellectual history, while others assess his views on issues including moral knowledge, gender, prayer, war, love, suffering, and Scripture. The final chapters investigate his work as a writer of fiction and poetry. Original in its approach and unique in its scope, this Companion shows that C. S. Lewis was much more than merely the man behind Narnia.

    • Contributors include both established Lewis specialists and academics distinguished in other related fields, such as literary criticism, intellectual history, theology and philosophy
    • Essays discuss Lewis from a variety of national and theological perspectives, providing more than the usual American Evangelical vantage point
    • Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of Lewis's writings
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    "In his superb introduction, MacSwain explains that the goal of this collection is to offer a fair, in-depth examination of Lewis's body of work-perhaps fort he first time. (According to MacSwain US Evangelicals have a tendency to adore Lewis uncritically, whereas British literature professors and theologians tend to dismiss his work out of hand, in part because of its appeal) MacSwain and Ward (Univ of Oxford, UK) succeed in achieving this stated goal of critical evenhandedness. Readable both as individual essays and as part of a nuanced, book-length argument, the chapters offer an objective appraisal of Lewis's scholarship, this theological writings, and the literary merit of his novels and poetry. Among the best essays are Ann Loades's examination of Lewis's views of female clergy and his postmarriage reflections of romantic love in A Grief Observed; Jerry Walls's interepretation of The Great Divorce; and Judith Wolfe's exploration of why writer Philip Pullman believes that the Narnia novels promote violence and imperialism. A truly wonderful collection. Essential."
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    "The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis succeeds in its purpose, scope, and coverage as a winsome, informative, and informed volume to accompany novice and veteran readers of Lewis in their pursuit of his insight and its source. Essays that both instruct and delight in Lewis studies are few; we can be grateful that under one cover, MacSwain and Ward have gathered so many."
    VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review

    "… the volume succeeds in bringing fresh insight. Lewis is engaged as a serious writer who sought thoughtful response, rather than applause from uncritical fans. One major strength is a thoroughgoing tendency to see Lewis's work as a whole, noting ways different books in different genre inform each other."
    William Frantz, Anglican Theological Review

    "… succeeds in conveying the richness and complexity of Lewis' thought with an appropriately commendable depth, clarity, and imagination."
    Jason Wardley, The Expository Times

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521711142
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Robert MacSwain
    Part I. Scholar:
    2. Literary critic John V. Fleming
    3. Literary theorist Stephen Logan
    4. Intellectual historian Dennis Danielson
    5. Classicist Mark Edwards
    Part II. Thinker:
    6. On Scripture Kevin J. Vanhoozer
    7. On theology Paul S. Fiddes
    8. On naturalism Charles Taliaferro
    9. On moral knowledge Gilbert Meilaender
    10. On discernment Joseph P. Cassidy
    11. On love Caroline J. Simon
    12. On gender Ann Loades
    13. On power Judith Wolfe
    14. On violence Stanley Hauerwas
    15. On suffering Michael Ward
    Part III. Writer:
    16. The Pilgrim's Regress and Surprised by Joy David Jasper
    17. The Ransom Trilogy T. A. Shippey
    18. The Great Divorce Jerry L. Walls
    19. The Chronicles of Narnia Alan Jacobs
    20. Till We Have Faces Peter J. Schakel
    21. Poet Malcolm Guite
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Robert MacSwain, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
    Robert MacSwain is Assistant Professor in Theology and Christian Ethics, the School of Theology, University of the South, Tennessee. He is the co-editor, with Jeffrey Stout, of Grammar and Grace (2004), and, with Ann Loades, of The Truth-Seeking Heart (2006).

    Michael Ward, University of Oxford
    Michael Ward is Chaplain at St Peter's College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Planet Narnia (2008) and the co-editor, with Ben Quash, of Heresies and How to Avoid Them (2007).

    Contributors

    Robert MacSwain, John V. Fleming, Stephen Logan, Dennis Danielson, Mark Edwards, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Paul S. Fiddes, Charles Taliaferro, Gilbert Meilaender, Joseph P. Cassidy, Caroline J. Simon, Ann Loades, Judith Wolfe, Stanley Hauerwas, Michael Ward, David Jasper, T. A. Shippey, Jerry L. Walls, Alan Jacobs, Peter J. Schakel, Malcolm Guite

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