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The Chronicles of Narnia: Where to Start

By Wesley A. Kort


from Revisiting Narnia

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This is one essay from the anthology Revisiting Narnia

C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia have stimulated imaginations for more than half a century, inspiring childhood wonder, earnest faith and spirited debate regarding Christian doctrine. Widely studied and revered, Lewis’ Chronicles are structured around deep paradigms and resounding questions: How do the books form such an intimate, personal bond with readers both young and old? Does Narnia betray some hidden Universalism in Lewis’ theology? What are we to think of the evil dark-skinned Calormenes from the South who seem to represent the Arab race? What really prevented Susan from entering Narnia? What does Aslan’s characterization as a “tame lion” say about Lewis’ thoughts on providence?

Contributors include:

  • Peg Aloi
  • David E. Bumbaugh
  • Jacqueline Carey
  • Marie-Catherine Caillava
  • James Como
  • Russell W. Dalton
  • Vox Day
  • Colin Duriez
  • Natasha Giardina
  • Wesley A. Kort
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Louis A. Markos
  • Sam McBride
  • Cathy McSporran
  • Ingrid Newkirk
  • Joseph Pearce
  • Martha C. Sammons
  • Peter J. Schakel
  • James V. Schall, S. J.
  • Sally D. Stabb, Ph.D.
  • Charlie W. Starr
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • Naomi Wood
  • Mary Frances Zambreno
  • Sarah Zettel

About the Author

Shanna Caughey lives in Dallas, Texas.

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About the Author

Wesley A.  Kort

Wesley A. Kort is professor in and chair of the Department of Religion and a member of the Graduate Faculty of Religion at Duke University. He has his Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago, and before joining the faculty at Duke, he taught in the Department of Religion at Princeton University. He was born in Hoboken, N.J., and he did his undergraduate work at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is the author of many articles and of nine books, the most recent of the being Place and Space in Modern Fiction (University of Florida Press, 2004) and C.S. Lewis Then and Now (Oxford University Press, 2001). At the present time he is working on a book that will address the question of religious identity and its relation to autobiography. Professor Kort has given lectures at many universities; within the last year he presented papers at Claremont University, at the University of Calgary and at Trinity College, Oxford. He is the recipient of a distinguished teaching award at Duke University.

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