Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C. S. Lewis' Chronicles

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Theologians, psychologists, academics, feminists, and fantasists offer humor, insight, and fresh perspectives on the enchanting and beloved Chronicles of Narnia series. Such contributors as fantasists Sarah Zettel and Lawrence Watt-Evans, children's literature scholar Naomi Wood, and C.S. Lewis scholars Colin Duriez and Joseph Pearce discuss topics such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth's influence on the conception of Narnia, the relevance of allegory for both Christians and non-Christians, the idea of divine ...

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Overview

Theologians, psychologists, academics, feminists, and fantasists offer humor, insight, and fresh perspectives on the enchanting and beloved Chronicles of Narnia series. Such contributors as fantasists Sarah Zettel and Lawrence Watt-Evans, children's literature scholar Naomi Wood, and C.S. Lewis scholars Colin Duriez and Joseph Pearce discuss topics such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Middle Earth's influence on the conception of Narnia, the relevance of allegory for both Christians and non-Christians, the idea of divine providence in Narnia, and Narnia's influence on modern-day witchcraft. Fans of the wildly popular series will revel in the examination of all aspects of C.S. Lewis and his magical Narnia.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fascinating book that will provide new ideas to think about ... this book should be on your short list."
Robert Trexler, editor, CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society

Library Journal
This collection of essays explores a wide range of topics and offers a wealth of different viewpoints about Lewis and Narnia. Some of the essays are written by well-known Lewis scholars like Colin Duriez, Wesley Kort, and Joseph Pearce, others by the likes of Ingrid Newkirk, PETA's cofounder and president; Jacqueline Carey, a best-selling author and agnostic; and Sarah Zettel, a self-confessed "non-Christian, progressive, feminist liberal." Some are critical studies of "The Chronicles," both positive and negative; yet others are personal reflections about the books. Taken together, these disparate pieces provide a wonderfully stimulating read. For serious literary collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100631
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 1,040,679
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Shanna Caughey is a senior editor at BenBella Books. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The silver chair and the silver screen 3
On the origins of evil 25
Elusive prey 33
God in the details 45
Coming of age in Narnia 59
The chronicles of Narnia : for adults only? 73
Believing Narnia 77
The "correct" order for reading The chronicles of Narnia? 91
The chronicles of Narnia : where to start 103
Narnia and Middle-Earth 113
Aslan is on the move 129
The beginning of the real story 147
Heathen eye for the Christian guy 159
Would the modern-day C. S. Lewis be a PETA protester? 165
Greek delight 173
Why I love Narnia 181
Daughters of Lilith 191
The last of the bibliophiles 205
C. S. Lewis and the problem of religion in science fiction and fantasy 219
Redeeming postmodernism 229
The horse and his boy : the theology of Bree 243
A reconstructed image 253
A knight in the mud 267
"Most right and proper, I'm sure ..." 281
Narnia in the modern world 297
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