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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

C.S. Lewis

ISBN 9780230301245
Publication Date December 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series New Casebooks

Beginning with the publication of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 1950 and concluding with the appearance of The Last Battle in 1956, C. S. Lewis's seven-book series chronicling the adventures of a group of young people in the fictional land of Narnia has become a worldwide classic of children's literature.

This stimulating collection of original essays by critics in a wide range of disciplines explores the past place, present status, and future importance of The Chronicles of Narnia. With essays ranging in focus from textual analysis to film and new media adaptations, to implications of war/trauma and race and gender, this cutting-edge New Casebook encourages readers to think about this much-loved series in fresh and exciting ways.

MICHELLE ANN ABATE is Associate Professor of English at Hollins University, USA.

LANCE WELDY is Associate Professor of English at Francis Marion University, USA.

Series Editor's Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; L.Weldy
'Turkish Delights and Sardines with Tea': Food as Framework for Exploring Nationalism, Gender and Religion in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; R.Towns
Scapegoating and Collective Violence in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; M.Green
Moving Beyond 'All That Rot': Redeeming Education in The Chronicles of Narnia; K.Dorwick
War and the Liminal Space: Situating The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in the Twentieth-Century Narrative of Trauma and Survival; N.Norris
C.S. Lewis's Manifold Mythopoeics: Towards a Reconsideration of Eschatological Time in the Construction of The Chronicles of Narnia; J.M.Sommers
The Author, the Movie, and the Marketing: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Early Reader Adaptations; R.Brock-Servais & M.B.Prickett
The Lion, the Witch and the Wii: Lewis' Theology in the Narnia Video Game; A.Clayton
Lewis and anti-Lewis: On the Influence of The Chronicles of Narnia on His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman; G.Bar-Hillel
'Beautiful Barbarians': Anti-Racism in The Horse and His Boy and Other Chronicles of Narnia; J.Taylor
Boy-Girls and Girl-Beasts: The Gender Paradox in C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia; S.Rodriguez
Annotated Bibliography


Useful reading for a student interested in new approaches in the research of children's literature...this book opens new perspectives on the work of C.S. Lewis, which may encourage further scholarly discussion of his series as one of the most popular stories of fantasy fiction for children worldwide.' - Libri & Liberi
'The essays are accessible without being simple. Students reading the entire book will encounter a range of theoretical approaches being skilfully and productively applied to The Chronicles of Narnia.' - Richard C.Burke, Lynchburg College, USA
'This wide-ranging collection of essays focuses on currently high profile issues in, and approaches to, children's literature. It explores not only the original texts of The Chronicles of Narnia, but also their afterlife in films and other media, with helpful discussions of issues relating to adaptation. I'm not aware of an equivalent volume on C.S. Lewis.' - William Gray, University of Chichester, UK
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