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Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis
The remarkable breadth of C. S. Lewis's (1898--1963) work is nearly as legendary as the fantastical tales he so inventively crafted. A variety of themes emerge in his literary output, which spans the genres of nonfiction, fantasy, science fiction, and children's literature, but much of the scholarship examining his work focuses on religion or philosophy. Overshadowed are ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 19th 2008 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published December 1st 2008)
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Feb 05, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Two famous friends often mentioned together, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, often wrote about the power of myth and story over the arguments of mere fact. Stories enable us to experience new ideas, to test them, and to feel them; in other words, to make them our own; while appeals to fact are a more invasive and coercive strategy. The latest in a series of books exploring environmental issues through imaginative literature rather than polemics, Narnia and the Fields of Arbol examines the ...more
I have read all of C.S. Lewis' books and about 40 commentaries. This is the first that looks carefully at the environmental vision in The Chronicles of Narnia and the Space Trilogy. I have certainly absorbed Lewis's love of the natural world; yet his very well articulated study leads me to re-read these books once again.
Matthew Dickerson (PhD, Cornell University) is a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, a writer, the former director of the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf and the current co-director of the Northern Pen Young Writers' Conference. His previous works include fantasy novels The Gifted and The Betrayed; works about fantasy including From Homer to Harry Potter along with Narn ...moreMore about Matthew Dickerson...