The Resource Planets in peril : a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy, David C. Downing

Planets in peril : a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy, David C. Downing

Label
Planets in peril : a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy
Title
Planets in peril
Title remainder
a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy
Statement of responsibility
David C. Downing
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Literary scholar, novelist, and Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis was a remarkable and enigmatic man. He is perhaps best known today for his popular series of children's books, the Chronicles of Narnia, which continue to sell more than a million copies a year. He also wrote science fiction in the form of interplanetary fantasies - a series of three novels known as the Ransom Trilogy. This book offers the first full-length critical assessment of that trilogy, placing the three volumes in the context of Lewis's life and work. David C. Downing reveals the autobiographical and theological subtexts of Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, showing as well how much Lewis the classical and medieval scholar influenced the work of Lewis the creator of interplanetary fantasies. Downing also examines the chief imaginative and intellectual sources of the trilogy and addresses persistent issues raised by reviewers and critics: Was Lewis's lifelong devotion to fantasy a mark of intellectual independence or a case of "arrested emotional development"? Were his views on women sexist, even misogynist? How much of his critique of modern science and technology was well informed and how much the result of prejudice or habitual suspicion of all things modern? A brief appendix on "The Dark Tower" fragment provides what background is known about this mysterious document, summarizes the story as far as Lewis developed it, and comments on how this unfinished work fits in with the Ransom books published during Lewis's lifetime
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Also issued online.
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Downing, David C
Dewey number
823/.912
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6023.E926
LC item number
Z642 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lewis, C. S.
  • Lewis, C. S.
  • Christian fiction, English
  • Science fiction, English
  • Ransom, Elwin (Fictitious character)
  • Life on other planets in literature
  • College teachers in literature
  • Theology in literature
  • Christian fiction, English
  • College teachers in literature
  • Criticism and interpretation
  • Life on other planets in literature
  • Ransom, Elwin (Fictitious character)
  • Science fiction, English
  • Theology in literature
Label
Planets in peril : a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy, David C. Downing
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Transfiguring the past:" Lewis's reading of his early life -- "Smuggled theology:" the Christian vision of the trilogy -- The recovered image: elements of classicism and medievalism -- "Souls who have lost the intellectual good:" portraits of evil -- Ransom and Lewis: cosmic voyage as spiritual pilgrimage -- Models, influences, and echoes -- The achievement of C.S. Lewis: assessing the trilogy -- "The dark tower."
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780870237744
Lccn
91034369
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24430095
  • 1268123
  • (OCoLC)ocm24430095
  • 1268123
Label
Planets in peril : a critical study of C.S. Lewis's Ransom trilogy, David C. Downing
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-179) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Transfiguring the past:" Lewis's reading of his early life -- "Smuggled theology:" the Christian vision of the trilogy -- The recovered image: elements of classicism and medievalism -- "Souls who have lost the intellectual good:" portraits of evil -- Ransom and Lewis: cosmic voyage as spiritual pilgrimage -- Models, influences, and echoes -- The achievement of C.S. Lewis: assessing the trilogy -- "The dark tower."
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xiii, 186 pages
Isbn
9780870237744
Lccn
91034369
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)24430095
  • 1268123
  • (OCoLC)ocm24430095
  • 1268123

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