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C. S. Lewis and His CircleEssays and Memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society$
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Roger White, Judith Wolfe, and Brendan Wolfe

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190214340

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214340.001.0001

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That Hideous Strength: A Reassessment

That Hideous Strength: A Reassessment

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(p.91) 6That Hideous Strength: A Reassessment
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C. S. Lewis and His Circle
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Rowan Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214340.003.0006

In this chapter, Rowan Williams discusses what he considers one of C. S. Lewis’s most ambitious and rich, but also most significantly flawed, novels, That Hideous Strength. He assesses superficial and deep strengths and weaknesses of the book, both as a literary creation and, more centrally, as a theologically informed and informing work. Themes include St Anne’s as an image of the church, the portrayal of salvation, assumptions about sexuality, and the merging of myth and Christian belief.

Keywords:   C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength, salvation

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