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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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Yearning for a Far-Off Country

Yearning for a Far-Off Country

Chapter:
(p.110) 7 Yearning for a Far-Off Country
Source:
C. S. Lewis and His Circle
Author(s):

Malcolm Guite

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190214340.003.0007

This chapter engages with Lewis’s sermon ‘The Weight of Glory’ and considers how the theme of longing, of yearning for a far-off country, which it adumbrates, pervades all of Lewis’s work. It goes on to examine the way his whole approach overcomes a false ‘subject-object’ divide imposed by modernism, and indeed postmodernism, but seeks instead a way of knowing that integrates reason and imagination, analytical and affective ways of knowing. It concludes by showing that the deep longing aroused by works of true imagination re-enchants, rather than disenchants, the ‘ordinary’ world of the reader, and that the yearning which arises from this experience may be a clue to the nature of reality itself.

Keywords:   C. S. Lewis, longing, subject-object, reason, imagination, modernism, postmodernism

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