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Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis

Michael Ward


As a scholar of medieval and renaissance literature, C.S. Lewis was deeply interested in the imaginative effects of the new heliocentric model of the universe theorised by Copernicus and verified by Kepler and Galileo. As a writer of fiction, Lewis held that success in imaginative composition came through suggestion rather than through statement; a good story's principal achievement was the atmosphere which it allowed the reader to inhabit, an atmosphere which should constitute the reader's mode of attention, not the reader's focus of attention. In his Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch ... More

Keywords: planet, atmosphere, astrology, Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, Saturn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195313871
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ward, author
Peterhouse College, Cambridge
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