The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain
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 ...more
Table of Contents
Introduction—Present and Past: The Inklings and King Arthur.
Texts and Intertexts
1. The Matter of Logres: Arthuriana and the Inklings.
2. Medieval Arthurian Sources for the Inklings: An Overview.
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 ...more
This review first appeared in Sehnsucht vol. 12 (2018) 154-56
With the publication of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur, writes Sørina Higgins in her introduction to this volume, three truths became evident: that The Fall of Arthur is an important text worthy of study per se and for what it can add to our understanding of Tolkien and his legendarium; that in this work Tolkien draws on the significant cultural figure of Arthur whom many other British writers of his era found socially, morally,...more
It’s been a long time since I was immersed in the world of academic writing, but it was definitely worth the stretch. The essays deepened my understanding of Arthurian literature throughout history, the Inklings in context to their own historical moment, and the brilliance of Lewis’ fiction. (I’m sure Barfield, Tolkien, and Charles Willi ...more
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