Louis Markos's petition about The C. S. Lewis Bible
- Here is a news stories about Louis Markos's petition about The C. S. Lewis Bible:Markos did a course on tape about C. S. Lewis from The Teaching Company in 2000. There is a review of that course in this month's Mythprint, and the course has been discussed here recently. I think that although Markos is enthusiastic about Lewis's works, sometimes he doesn't present (and perhaps doesn't understand) the difference between his own views and Lewis's. Here's a copy of the petition that Markos sent out:He sent it to 1,000 people? Can you sing, "Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam spam, spam!"?Of the 33 signatures to the petition, I suppose 9 might be considered C. S. Lewis scholars. I don't know how Markos can say what the majority consensus among C. S. Lewis scholars is (or even that they have any sort of consensus view on anything). I've bought and looked through The C. S. Lewis Bible. I would think that, if anything, the reason some people might have problems with the book is the placement of Lewis quotes throughout it, as though Lewis's works were to be treated as a third section of the Bible, after the Old Testament and the New Testament.Wendell Wagner
- Diana Glyer doesn't usually take part on this list but she has taught Inklings courses as well as dedicated JRRT and CSL courses. I would think her book, The Company They Keep, might be an interesting tool in the case of an Inklings course...
-- Lynn --
--- In email@example.com, "Larry Swain" <theswain@...> wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:30 -0700, "dale nelson"
> <extollager2006@...> wrote:
> >>Larry, Till We Have Faces always goes over well in my British
> Novel course. The other authors have been BrontÃ«'s Jane Eyre,
> Dickens (Bleak House or Our Mutual Friend), perhaps Gaskell
> (Wives and Daughters), Conrad (The Secret Agent), etc. The
> authors are all interested in families -- or the absence
> thereof. TWHF works well as a novel about a family (as Lewis
> Thanks for all the responses! I've taught various Lewis and Tolkien
> texts, more Tolkien than other though. I've taught "Tolkien and LoTR:
> Influences and Influence" which I confess I used as a tie in to Medieval
> literature with brief forays into Classical literature (Odyssey Bk XI,
> Aeneid Book 6, some Hesiod), and two or three dashes of examining
> modern, post-Tolkien, Tolkien-inspired Medievalisms. Then there was the
> Understanding Literature course which I cheated and made all about Epic
> literature reading the Odyssey, Aeneid, Beowulf, selections of Dante and
> Milton, and the last half of the class was LoTR. Another version of the
> Understanding Literature course was on the themes of journey in which
> The Hobbit and Out of the Silent Planet played a part. This last fall I
> taught a course called British and World Prose, subtitled Old Tales
> Retold: the first half of the semester was the three I mentioned:
> Hobbit, Till We Have Faces, and Once and Future King.
> I haven't done a course just on "Inklings" or "Inklings and Friends (so
> I could include Sayers and/or Chesterton among others).
> I have also used Lewis and Tolkien's scholarship: again here Tolkien
> more than Lewis. I routinely use Tolkien's translations of Pearl, Sir
> Gawain, and Sir Orfeo; and I routinely use Tolkien's translation of
> Exodus. I'd love to use his Beowulf but must content myself with
> selections from Monsters and the Critics. From Lewis the two works that
> continue to stand the test of time are Discarded Image and Allegory of
> Love. While the latter has been bypassed in many ways, it remains a
> good introduction to Romance lit.
> While I've read most of Williams, I've yet to include him in a course.
> And I've read very little Barfield. I don't teach the period, but
> Warney's books I've always found a very nice read and have recommended
> them a few times to the curious.
> Larry Swain
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