Lewis’s Fiction:

Narnia and the Storied Moral World

Overview

In writing his Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis made a bold attempt to rehabilitate the modern imagination. Lewis believed that the ideas and experience of modernity undermine the imagination, and his fiction aims to re-sensitize readers to the wonders of God’s creation. Originally conceived merely as images and stories, The Chronicles of Narnia became a metaphorical tale of human nature and Christian truths.

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David M. Whalen is a professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he also serves as provost. Dr. Whalen obtained his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Kansas. He has taught at the University of Kansas and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He teaches courses on the great books as well as Renaissance literature, the English novel, and the history and literature of liberal education. Dr. Whalen has written articles on numerous topics, including Victorian prose, Renaissance poetry, educational philosophy, and the writings of John Henry Newman. Among other honors, he has received a Salvatori Fellowship from The Heritage Foundation and a Weaver Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He is also a recipient of the Daugherty Teaching Award from Hillsdale College.