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Reflecting the Eternal: Dante's Divine Comedy in the Novels of C.S. Lewis
     

Reflecting the Eternal: Dante's Divine Comedy in the Novels of C.S. Lewis

by Marsha Daigle-Williamson
 

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The characters, plots, and potent language of C. S. Lewis's novels reveal everywhere the modern writer's admiration for Dante's Divine Comedy. Throughout his career Lewis drew on the structure, themes, and narrative details of Dante's medieval epic to present his characters as spiritual pilgrims growing toward God.

Dante's portrayal of sin and

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The characters, plots, and potent language of C. S. Lewis's novels reveal everywhere the modern writer's admiration for Dante's Divine Comedy. Throughout his career Lewis drew on the structure, themes, and narrative details of Dante's medieval epic to present his characters as spiritual pilgrims growing toward God.

Dante's portrayal of sin and sanctification, of human frailty and divine revelation, are evident in all of Lewis's best work. Readers will see how a modern author can make astonishingly creative use of a predecessor's material—in this case, the way Lewis imitated and adapted medieval ideas about spiritual life for the benefit of his modern audience.

Nine chapters cover all of Lewis's novels, from Pilgrim's Regress and his science-fiction to The Chronicles of Narnia and Till We Have Faces. Readers will gain new insight into the sources of Lewis's literary imagination that represented theological and spiritual principles in his clever, compelling, humorous, and thoroughly human stories.

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“This book is an impressive feat of C.S. Lewis scholarship, both for its theme (the presence of the greatest Christian poetic storyteller in one of the greatest Christian prose storytellers) and for its comprehensive and complete treatment of that theme, which admirably combines clarity with profundity, accuracy in detail with “big picture” wisdom, and theological theory with moral practice.”
—Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College, Author of C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium, Between Heaven and Hell, and Back to Virtue

“This is an immensely impressive work. It is what scholarship ought to be—perspicacious, *readable*, measured, and exhaustive (in the good scholarly sense of that word). I found myself continually delighted on page after page. Lovers of Dante and Lewis will find themselves ‘surprised by joy.’”
--Thomas Howard, former Professor of English and bestselling author of Narnia and Beyond: A Guide to the Fiction of C.S. Lewis

“In this well-researched and thoroughly documented study, Daigle-Williamson provides overwhelming evidence that Dante's Divine Comedy served as both source and influence for Lewis's fiction. Her work fills a significant gap in C. S. Lewis scholarship, supporting the bold claim that Dante's masterpiece is, in fact, the model for Lewis's fiction. To her credit, the author has created a book that will satisfy, not only literary critics, but general readers and fans of Lewis's fiction looking for a deeper appreciation of Lewis's artistry, theology, and imaginative vision.”
Gary L. Tandy, Professor of English, George Fox University, Author of The Rhetoric of Certitude: C. S. Lewis's Nonfiction Prose

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619706651
Publisher:
Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2015
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
1,137,422
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Professor Marsha Daigle-Williamson (PhD, University of Michigan) taught English at Spring Arbor University for over twenty-five years. She serves as translator for the Preacher to the Papal Household, and has translated 16 books from the Italian since 2005. Her distinguished academic career includes numerous teaching awards and the publication of over forty articles, profiles, and reviews. She has spoken across the nation, has lectured at the International Congress on Medieval Studies six times in the past ten years, and is an active member of The Dante Society of America.

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