The discarded image paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the middle ages and renaissance. For example, in his last book, the discarded image, he tells us that nothing is permanent everything changes -- along with human thought, wants, and speculations: no model is a catalogue of ultimate realities , and none is a mere fantasy. The discarded image was the last book that cs lewis wrote it is a pedagogical book, written primarily for the purposes of teaching his students of renaissance and medieval literature about the picture or 'model' of the universe that was then universally accepted. And yet lewis accomplished this by imitating the discarded image, the medieval model of the entire solar system he went big if you try to create a place by simply attaching a label to it, a label that says something like narnia, the result will be listless, flat. The discarded image: an introduction to medieval and renaissance literature cambridge: cambridge university press, 1964 this work is an account of the view of the cosmos that was standard in medieval times, with a discussion of its effect on literature and on the imagination.
The discarded image is the culmination of a lifelong journey to teach european thought tradition as revealed in medieval literature, an introduction to the modern reader of a worldview concerned not with what things are made of, but what they are. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of the discarded image by c s lewis author c s lewis, best known for the chronicles of narnia series, wore many hats in the literary world. This page is designed to help make writings on and by cs lewis available to those without easy access to a university library many of the links connect you to scanned, published books and articles made available by google books (often 75% of content. In the discarded image, cs lewis paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the middle ages and renaissance it describes the image discarded by later years as the medieval synthesis itself, the whole organization of their theology, science and history into.
Lewis scholar and english professor downing examines cs lewis's uncanny ability to balance between unwarranted epistemological certitude regarding texts and david c downing david c downing is the r w schlosser professor of english at elizabethtown college in lancaster county, pennsylvania. The discarded image and the allegory of love - january 23, 2018 english literature in the 16th century and selected literary essays - april 19, 2018 that high truth: lewis, williams, chesterton, and ray bradbury. The finest of his books, the discarded image, based on a series of his lectures, appeared after his death and remains the best short introduction there is to how people used to imagine the universe they inhabited. In 'bulverism,' or the foundation of 20th century thought, he begins by noting that freudians interpret individual thought processes in terms of bundles of complexes and marxists in terms of economic interests, both dismissing christian arguments for belief as ideologically tainted (bulverism 271-72.
In the discarded image, cs lewis paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, providing the historical and cultural background to the literature of the middle ages and renaissance. The allegory of love is a scholarly book, but i think it can be read with enjoyment by anyone interested in medieval poetry the first two sections discuss of courtly love and allegory these sections are primarily theory. 21) the discarded image is an account of the view of the cosmos that was standard in medieval times, with a discussion of its effect on literature and on the imagination 22) studies in words takes several english words (and often their counterparts in latin or greek) and discusses changes in their meaning from century to century, and the. To consider the process by which two medieval works of literature came into being and in this renaissance english at cambridge university cs lewis married late in. The discarded image first appeared in print in 1964, the year following lewis' death it first appeared in paperback in 1967, and my copy of that edition is heavily marked up and falling to pieces after years of use, in high school and as an undergraduate and graduate student.
It was a yell rather than a thought) one of lewis's best christian books cs lewis: a biography an official version by two friends of lewis the discarded. The space trilogy or cosmic trilogy is a series of science fiction novels by c s lewis, famous for his later series the chronicles of narnia a philologist named elwin ransom is the hero of the first two novels and an important character in the third. In the discarded image lewis looks in some detail at the medieval model of the world, on which so much literature depends-not least the divine comedy-and traces its origins in the classical and pagan world christian writers in the period before the rediscovery of much classical learning in the renaissance were dependent, of course, on an.
In the discarded image, cs lewis makes a counterintuitive point about modern atheism contrasting contemporary and medieval mindsets about humanity's place in the cosmos, he argues that our secular conception is a romantic one and that, by extension, modern atheism is a romantic vision 7 ironically, my initial response to this assertion. The discarded image: an introduction to medieval and renaissance literature remains unrivaled as a precis of how people before the modern era thought about nature and the cosmos (my own. His last academic work, the discarded image, an introduction to medieval and renaissance literature (1964), is a summary of the medieval world view, the discarded image of the cosmos in his title lewis was a prolific writer and a member of the literary discussion society the inklings with his friends j r r tolkien, charles williams, and. The discarded image is a keenly focused work by c s lewis the medievalist and scholar based off lectures of his given at oxford, it possess a tone and intellectual demand that presume its readers are literary scholars, or at least willing to put up with a good deal of literary scholarship talk.
9 cs lewis, the discarded image (cambridge: cambridge university press, 1964), 158 10 eg, the epistemology which structures his approach in mere christianity (16), for instance, broadly reflects the categories of rational, sensitive and vegetable soul described in the discarded image, 152-65. The doctrine of revelation in cs lewis by jeff calhoun masters of theology biblical and systematic theology department dr bruce fields dr christopher mitchell trinity evangelical divinity school deerfield, illinois november, 2010 a research topic 1 subject area • the broad topic is the. Purgatory in the great divorce by repectabiggle » 29 nov 2007, 16:58 i've read a couple of articles (that i can recall) where a person who was obviously fairly familiar with lewis's work and thought voiced the opinion that the great divorce somehow showcases lewis's belief in purgatory. Ix introduction it is well known and well accepted that c s lewis (1898-1963) was the greatest christian apologist of the twentieth century.