5:45 – 7:45 pm
Fifty years after his death, C.S. Lewis continues to be an important literary figure. Best known as the author of The Chronicles of Narnia and a popular apologist for Christianity, Lewis was also a scholar of medieval and Renaissance literature who published in genres ranging from science fiction to poetry, children’s stories to literary criticism, theology to philosophy. We will explore Lewis’ full range as a writer and trace unifying themes in his work. Texts will include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Abolition of Man, Till We Have Faces, and others. Please read chapters one through eight of Surprised by Joy for the first session.
Thomas Zebrowski holds a PhD in religious ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is a past President of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society.
- Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life. Harcourt, 1955.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Harper Collins, 1994.
- The Problem of Pain. HarperOne, 2009.
- The Abolition of Man. HarperOne, 2009.
- The Discarded Image: An Introduction of Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold. Harcourt, 1980.
Readings for the First Session:
- Please read Chapters 1-8 of Surprised by Joy for the first session.
CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Ten sessions, $240.