Reading C.S. Lewis: A Commentary

ISBN : 9780190221348

Wesley A. Kort
312 Pages
149 x 217 mm
Pub date
Nov 2015
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Strongly divided evaluations of C. S. Lewis's work persist today based on his perspectives and writings on religion, particularly Christianity. Those who approve tend to see his work as of value primarily because it gives his academic and cultural value to his advocacy of Christianity. Conversely, those who disapprove of that advocacy tend to see the worth of his writing as vitiated by his apologetic agenda. Wesley Kort's book sets a new standard in C. S. Lewis studies, arguing for an alternative perspective that considers Lewis's work as a whole, investigating why and at what points Lewis turns to religion generally and to Christianity particularly in order to advance his arguments. Reading C. S. Lewis: A Commentary provides a captivating look into the many cultural, academic, and literary contexts that influenced his many texts. The book examines the standing of Lewis's work, how best to approach his work, as well as the understandings that lead to mistaken readings of him. This indispensable C. S. Lewis resource comments separately on each of more than a dozen of Lewis's major books, connecting readers to the particular literature, religion, and philosophy of C. S. Lewis. These commentaries are free-standing essays, analyses and interpretations of texts that can be read individually and in any order. Scholars and fans of C. S. Lewis will appreciate Kort's commentary and guide to the texts in this new light.


Part One
Chapter 1: Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life
Chapter 2: The Problem of Pain
Chapter 3: The Screwtape Letters
Chapter 4: Mere Christianity
Chapter 5: Some Reasonable Assumptions
Part Two
Chapter 6: Out of the Silent Planet
Chapter 7: Perelandra
Chapter 8: The Abolition of Man
Chapter 9: That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups
Chapter 10: Some Cultural Critiques
Part Three
Chapter 11: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian
Chapter 12: The Four Loves
Chapter 13: The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle
Chapter 14: Some Principles Applied

About the author: 

Wesley A. Kort is Professor of Religion at Duke University.

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