By Robert Boenig
In C. S. Lewis and the center a long time, medievalist Robert Boenig explores Lewis’s own engagement with medieval literature and tradition and argues convincingly that medieval modes of creativity had a profound influence on Lewis’s inventive fiction.
The center a while affected Lewis in numerous methods. Early in his lifestyles he came upon medieval narrative compelling, sharing his love for it with others and primary experiencing the serious non secular longing he termed “joy” via his engagement with it. He went directly to construct a winning occupation as a student who used to be, as he placed it, “chiefly a medievalist.” His inventive writing not just conjures up the center a long time but in addition adapts the medieval means of appropriating and changing previous texts as a method of producing new tales. realizing Lewis’s inventive appropriation of prior assets is key for a whole evaluate of his fulfillment as an artistic writer.
For Lewis, the medieval was once exceptionally a spot the place he encountered the non secular. It was once throughout the medieval in its mode of Norse myths, really these concerning the Norse god Balder, that he skilled “joy.” He overjoyed in looking this pleasure via medieval books, like these of Malory or Chaucer, and in addition via extra glossy works that evoke the center a while, equivalent to the prose romances of William Morris. one of the works of devotion and spirituality that Lewis always learn towards the top of his lifestyles have been the medieval classics The Imitation of Christ by way of Thomas à Kempis and Revelations of Divine Love by way of Julian of Norwich. The medieval for Lewis used to be a spot the place he could—and did—encounter God.
Using Lewis’s deepest correspondence, scholarly books and articles, and artistic writing, Boenig charts Lewis’s involvement with all issues medieval, demonstrating the significance of the center a long time in any evaluate of Lewis’s literary achievements.
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