Literary Medieval Criticism

C. S. Lewis and the Middle Ages by Robert Boenig

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 ingenious fiction.

The heart a while affected Lewis in numerous methods. Early in his existence he discovered 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 profitable profession as a student who was once, as he placed it, “chiefly a medievalist.” His inventive writing not just inspires the center a long time but additionally adapts the medieval means of appropriating and changing past texts as a method of producing new tales. realizing Lewis’s inventive appropriation of prior assets is vital for an entire review of his success as an inventive writer.

For Lewis, the medieval was once primarily a spot the place he encountered the religious. 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 smooth works that evoke the center a long time, resembling the prose romances of William Morris. one of the works of devotion and spirituality that Lewis continuously learn towards the tip of his lifestyles have been the medieval classics The Imitation of Christ via Thomas à Kempis and Revelations of Divine Love through Julian of Norwich. The medieval for Lewis used to be a spot the place he could—and did—encounter God.

Using Lewis’s inner most 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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