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Planet NarniaThe Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis$
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Michael Ward

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195313871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.001.0001

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(p.3) ONE Silence
Planet Narnia

Michael Ward (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The Chronicles of Narnia present problems of occasion, composition, and reception, and theories have been advanced as to what might give the seven books coherence despite their superficial heterogeneity. Christological and numerological theories have been advanced. Lewis's interest in literary atmosphere (what he called ‘the kappa element’) and in the philosophical distinction between Enjoyment and Contemplation are pertinent to this discussion. Lewis was temperamentally a secretive man and, as a medievalist, was professionally occupied with texts which prized the cryptic and the multivalent. His deep and lifelong immersion in the planets of the medieval cosmos and the silent music of the spheres is especially relevant in this connection.

Keywords:   occasion, composition, reception, Christological, numerological, Enjoyment, Contemplation, secretive, kappa element, silent

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