RE: [mythsoc] Re: Butterbur & MFA
- I've seen almost all the Inklings books and have most of the Myth and
Fantasy on my desk right now.
There are a couple Inklings books which were interesting but which I would
not call scholarly, like Ellwood's _Frodo's Quest_ or Graham's _We Remember
C.S. Lewis_. I thought Beetz' _Exploring C.S. Lewis_ would be highly useful
for teachers and students -- lucidly written. But it accepts the
chronological order of the books as canonical, which I don't -- I prefer the
publication order. Drout's essay in _Beowulf and the Critics_ was
excellent. Lewis and Currie's _Uncharted Realms of Tolkien_ was uneven --
there was a leap of logic in the first part where they claimed Tolkien was
anti-Darwin, since the Catholic Church was against elovution at the time,
but this simply isn't true. But the essays on Eowyn and Erendis were quite
good. Lindskoog's _Sleuthing C.S. Lewis_ was fascinating -- I wasn't aware
of this controversy, and now I find myself judging the other Lewis books on
what they say or don't say about it. I liked Clark and Timmons' _J.R.R.
Tolkien and his Literary Resonances_ last year and still do. And I really
enjoyed Schakel's _Imagination and the Arts in C.S. Lewis_, and learned
quite a few things from it.
Cording's _C.S. Lewis_ and Honda's _The Imaginative World of C.S. Lewis_ are
missing from my library and being searched, and the Garbowski book is on
order but hasn't arrived yet. Sturch's _Four Christian Fantasists_ is not
available through interlibrary loan, and I don't think I'm going to be able
to look at it before we have to send in our finalists.
Of the Myth and Fantasy books I've seen, I enjoyed Bridger's _The
Spirituality of Pottersorld_ very much, though I think he's preaching to the
choir and expecting all his readers to be Christians. _Terry Pratchett:
Guilty of Literature_ is quite good. And I was surprised at how interesting
I found Joshi' _A Dreamer and a Visionary_, since I haven't touched any
Lovecraft since high school.
From: David Lenander [mailto:d-lena@...]
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 11:50 PM
Subject: [mythsoc] Re: Butterbur & MFA
Can anyone comment at all on the Scholarship books? Anyone read any good
general fantasy (or all fields, including studies of one or more fantasy
authors or works) or Inklings books--published over the past three
years--that haven't been mentioned here recently?
-- David Lenander
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