Lewis’s Literary Criticism:

The Value of Indirect Communication

Overview

C.S. Lewis was keenly interested in the value of indirect communication, and imaginative hiddenness was central to his literary criticism. Lewis believed that historical criticism and character criticism were valuable but had perfected their own terminology. Lewis was interested in a different kind of literary criticism, one that sought to understand the atmosphere or quality of literature.

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Michael Ward is a distinguished visiting professor at Hillsdale College, a fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. He studied English at Oxford, theology at the University of Cambridge, and he has a Ph.D. in divinity from the University of St. Andrews. He served as chaplain of St. Peter’s College, Oxford, from 2009 to 2012, and of Peterhouse, Cambridge, from 2004 to 2007. He is the author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis (Oxford University Press), co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (Cambridge University Press), and presenter of the BBC television documentary, The Narnia Code. On the 50th anniversary of Lewis’s death, November 22, 2013, Dr. Ward unveiled a permanent national memorial to him in Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey, London.