9780802846273

Bright Shadow of Reality : Spiritual Longing in C. S. Lewis

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    9780802846273

  • ISBN10:

    0802846270

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-05-01
  • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc

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Summary

The writings of C. S. Lewis often stir in readers a profound sense of spiritual longing, a desire for joy lying beyond the offerings of this world. This special kind of longing, known to the Romantic tradition by the German word Sehnsucht, has been a recurrent theme in some of our most powerful works of literature. Bright Shadow of Reality, first published in 1974, is the best available study of the concept of spiritual longing, especially as it functions as a key to understanding the writings of C. S. Lewis. Corbin Scott Carnell explores Lewis's life, theology, and literary legacy, giving special attention to the works of his that reflect most powerfully on the human quest for joy.

Author Biography

Corbin Scott Carnell, the author of numerous articles and essays on C. S. Lewis and his work, is professor of English at the University of Florida-Gainesville.

Table of Contents

Preface 11(2)
Sebnsucbt
13(17)
Sebnsucbt and the numinous
15(3)
Sebnsucbt and romantic longing
18(1)
Ecstatic wonder
19(1)
Causeless melancholy
20(1)
The Blue Flower motif
21(3)
The relation of Sebnsucbt to Romanticism
24(4)
The origin of Sebnsucbt
28(2)
Lewis' Early Development: The Search for ``Joy''
30(30)
What manner of man
31(3)
Childhood in Ireland
34(3)
Early schools
37(3)
The young atheist
40(2)
``Preparation for Public Life'' at Wyvern
42(3)
``The Great Knock'' and another frontier
45(4)
In the Infantry
49(1)
Student days at Oxford
50(6)
Fellow and tutor of Magdalen
56(4)
The Baptized Imagination: Lewis' Later Work
60(17)
The Inklings
61(2)
Charles Williams' ``Romantic Theology,''
63(2)
The impact of Owen Barfield
65(2)
The influence of older literary works on Lewis' theology
67(3)
Lewis' basic theological orientation
70(3)
Lewis' approach to Biblical images
73(1)
Lewis' later years
74(3)
Opulent Melancholy and the Quest
77(18)
The quest
80(3)
Longing on other planets
83(4)
Dominant images of longing in Lewis' work
87(4)
The world of faerie
91(2)
The significance of ``Joy-Melancholy'' in Lewis' work
93(2)
Britain and Logres: Nature and Arch-nature
95(26)
Arch-nature and the numinous
100(3)
Critical reaction to the trilogy
103(2)
Lewis as mythmaker
105(5)
Surreality in Till We Have Faces
110(6)
Sebnsucbt and the emptying of the universe
116(5)
The Location of Joy
121(22)
Sex and Sebnsucbt
124(3)
Sebnsucbt and Romantic art
127(5)
Other things which Joy is not
132(2)
The Pagan vision
134(2)
Sebnsucbt and the masks of God
136(1)
The object of ``Joy''
137(6)
Sebnsucbt and the New Romanticism
143(17)
Lewis' theory as a death-blow to Romanticism
147(1)
How Lewis' concept meets recent theology and aesthetics
148(3)
The survival of Romantic art
151(3)
Contemporary modifications and aberrations of Romanticism
154(3)
The value of Lewis' concept
157(3)
Epilogue
160(5)
Lewis as a Christian theorist
160(2)
The function of Sebnsucbt
162(3)
Selected Bibliography 165(9)
Index 174

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