While searching for an online version of C. S Lewis’ unfinished story about the Trojan War, “After Ten Years,” I stumbled upon this great blog and wonderful post on one of my favorite Lewis books. I’m going to mull this over and try to figure out how to include some of Lewis’ ideas as I wrap up my unit on mythology.
My own journey in studying C.S. Lewis has led me to the consideration of the fictional universes he created—these are the “real worlds” that sit behind his stories, like the worlds of Narnia in his fantasy novels or the Field of Arbol in his science fiction. Unfortunately, what is true in Narnia isn’t always true in the world that most of us reading this live: the growl of the lion in a Narnian forest is a moment of great hope; in an American forest, it is a reason to rapidly evolve the necessary appendages for flight. Fantasy writers carefully construct these fictional universes, and a sophisticated world like Middle Earth or Discworld or Arbol or Cthulhu, with its own maps and languages and sentient races and tax offices, is worth studying.
Because C.S. Lewis was a literary critic as well as a fantasy writer, he thought critically and academically about…
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