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Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens In The Imagination Of C. S. Lewis

Planet Narnia The Seven Heavens
ASIN: 019973870X

Oxford University Press, USA


Author: Michael Ward

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For more than half a century, scholars have laboured to show that C. S. Lewis's famed but apparently disorganised Chronicles of Narnia have an underlying symbolic coherence, pointing to such possible unifying themes because the seven sacraments, the seven deadly sins, and also the seven books of Spenser's Faerie Queene. Ward uncovers a much subtler writer and thinker than has previously been recognized, whose central interests had been hiddenness, immanence, and particulars by acquaintance. The reader inhabits this atmosphere and thus imaginatively gains connaî tre knowledge inside the spiritual character which the tale was developed to embody. The cosmological theme of each Chronicle is what Lewis called 'the kappa element in romance', the atmospheric essence of a story, everywhere present but nowhere explicit. Planet Narnia is really a ground-breaking study that will provoke a major revaluation not only from the Chronicles, but of Lewis's whole literary and theological outlook. Using these seven symbols, Lewis secretly constructed the Chronicles so that in each book the plot-line, the ornamental details, and, most important, the portrayal of the Christ-figure of Aslan, all serve to communicate the governing planetary personality. Drawing on the complete range of Lewis's writings (including previously unpublished drafts of the Chronicles) , Ward reveals how the Narnia stories were developed to express the characteristics of the seven medieval planets - - Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn - - planets which Lewis described as"spiritual symbols of permanent value"and"specifically worthwhile in our own generation ". Michael Ward has finally solved the enigma. None of these explanations has won common acceptance also as the structure of Narnia's symbolism has remained a mystery. In Planet Narnia he demonstrates that medieval cosmology, a subject which fascinated Lewis throughout his life, provides the imaginative key to the seven novels.



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