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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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 The Music of the Spheres

 The Music of the Spheres

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(p.223) ELEVEN The Music of the Spheres
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Planet Narnia
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Michael Ward (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313871.003.0011

The problem of reception, which has already been partly solved by addressing the problems of occasion and composition, is further solved by a consideration of how the fairy‐tale genre builds a bridge between the conscious and the unconscious mind and by the fact that the two things which the Narniad implicitly conveys (the argument from Miracles and the planetary archetypes) are themselves best understood through Enjoyment, not Contemplation. Objections considered, such as ‘Are the Chronicles properly understood as allegory rather than as symbol?’ and ‘Does not disclosure of this secret frustrate Lewis's imaginative purposes?’ His abiding interest in models of the universe and the myths that follow in the wake of scientific advances.

Keywords:   reception, archetypes, conscious, Enjoyment, Contemplation, imaginative, allegory, symbol, secret, universe

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