The C. S. Lewis Review is an online journal designed to stimulate reflections on the life, work, and influence of Clive Staples Lewis, and other Christian writers and thinkers who represent significant linkages to the tradition Lewis exemplified of Christian scholarship and imaginative writing. Both scholarly and devotional entries will be posted here, as well as class materials for various seminars and presentations. It has been published and edited continuously since 1995 under various URLs, and now finds its comfortable home base as the C. S. Lewis Review. The archives capture the evolution of the site over the past sixteen years.
The online editor of this site is Bruce L. Edwards, Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He served as a faculty member and administrator at BGSU for 31 1/2 years. He has served as Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2000), a Bradley Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC (1989-90), and as the S. W. Brooks Memorial Professor of Literature at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (1988). Bruce and his wife, Joan, now live in Willow, Alaska, and have four grown children, ranging in age from 30 to 39, and five grandchildren.
Bruce was born in Akron, OH, attending the Akron City Public Schools. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1977, and received his Masters Degree in English from Kansas State University in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, writing his dissertation on the literary criticism of C. S. Lewis.
His C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (4 volumes) was published by Praeger Press (2008). Bruce’s other publications include books on The Chronicles of Narnia: Not a Tame Lion (Tyndale, 2005) and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, have been well received, and he has published two previous books on Lewis, including A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Western Literacy and The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer. He is also a contributor to the recently published C. S. Lewis Bible (Harper, 2010), and many other collections of essays about Lewis and the Inklings. He has also published several successful textbooks for college audiences, including, Roughdrafts (Houghton-Mifflin, 1987), Processing Words (Prentice-Hall, 1988), and Searching for Great Ideas (1st and 2nd editions; Harcourt, 1989; 1992). He is currently at work on a book of reflections about teaching as a Christian on a secular state campus for 30 years.
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I first read The Chronicles of Narnia when I was nine years old, and find that every year I get bigger, so do they. Though I love most of Lewis’ work, my favorite among favorites is his sermon The Weight of Glory. I am hard pressed to find anything else more well-written or profound.
My academic interests integrate several disciplines: sociology, philosophy, religion, and literature, not to mention human culture itself. I grow ever more interested in thinking theologically about culture, art, and communications media, and am always exploring how good theology forms the bones upon which good art grows.
I am fascinated by how Truth is found everywhere in God’s world, and especially how our innate ‘Sehnsucht’ expresses itself all the time. I suppose one could call it cultural exegesis: finding the ways in which contemporary culture gives those “sideways glances at redemption” without realizing or acknowledging it. My writing frequently follows those glances to see where they might land – check it out!
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