C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

A selective list of literary criticism for the novelist, religious writer, literary critic, literary historian, poet, children's writer, and theologian, C.S. Lewis, including signed articles by recognized scholars, peer and editor reviewed articles, and web sites that follow MLA guidelines for web pages.

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Schakel, Peter. A substantial introduction to C.S. Lewis in the Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service].

Schakel, Peter. "C. S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia: The "Correct" Order for Reading?" by professor Peter J. Schakel. How the order of the reading supports the theme of Christian spiritual journey in the novel. A (nine chapter) Study Guide for Till We Have Faces.

Schakel, Peter. Introduction to Out of the Silent Planet, (1938), in the Literary Encyclopedia, explores the themes of identity and growing up, purpose, and the meaning of human existence in the novel.

Schakel, Peter. Introduction to Perelandra, (1943), in the Literary Encyclopedia. "Here is a paradox, and it is left as such: 'Predestination and freedom were apparently identical. He could no longer see any meaning in the many arguments he had heard on this subject'. All is contained and resolved within the truth and mystery of God's sovereignty."

Schakel, Peter. Introduction to That Hideous Strength, (1945), in the Literary Encyclopedia. "The central theme of the story is a powerful warning against the dangers inherent in the union of science and the social sciences, with the political structures and powers of the state. It is much like George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four."

"The Question of God," A PBS special on C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud.

(removed) "A touch of Narnia in Illinois," article by Jay Copp in the Christian Science Monitor 22 March 1999.

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