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In the midst of war-torn Britain, King Arthur returned in the writings of the Oxford Inklings. Learn how Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, and Barfield brought hope to their times and our own in their Arthurian literature.

Although studies of the "Oxford Inklings" abound, astonishingly enough, none has yet examined their great body of Arthurian work. Yet each of these major writer
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Published December 22nd 2017 by Apocryphile Press
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Sørina
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In lieu of a review, here are the Table of Contents and also the endorsements this book received:

Table of Contents

Introduction—Present and Past: The Inklings and King Arthur.
—Sørina Higgins

Texts and Intertexts
1. The Matter of Logres: Arthuriana and the Inklings.
—Sørina Higgins
2. Medieval Arthurian Sources for the Inklings: An Overview.
—Holly Ordway
3. Mixed Metaphors and Hyperlinked Worlds:
A Study of Intertextuality in C. S. Lewis’ Ransom Cycle.
—Brenton D. G. Dickieson
4. Houses of Healing: The I
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Dr. Andrew Higgins
This is one of the most important volumes i have read to date that use several different contextual frameworks to explore how the Inklings (Tolkien, Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield) each dipped their creative ladles into that vast and intertextual soup of Arthurian literature and tradition to shape stories that each reflected their own thoughts and creative aspects. The brilliant author of this volume Sorina Higgins (no relation) whose brilliant academic work and passion has made me co ...more
James Prothero
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible collection of Inkling resources! A win for Sorina Higgins.
Jeremy
This book won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies in 2017.

Roundtable discussion here. Interview with editor here. Comments from Philip Jenkins here. This Kirk Center review appeared on the Prufrock digest in Dec. 2018.

Lots more media updates here.
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Sørina Higgins is the Chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Signum University and a Ph.D. candidate, Teacher of Record, and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. Her interests include British Modernism, the works of the Inklings, Arthuriana, and magic. She serves as Convener of the Modern/Contemporary Research Seminar at Baylor. Sørina earned her M.A. from Middlebury College’s ...more