C.S. Lewis’s Dymer: ‘A splendour in the dark, a tale, a song’

Date(s) - 11/08/18
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheaton College Wade Center

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C.S. Lewis’s Dymer: ‘A splendour in the dark, a tale, a song’

Wheaton College

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7 – 9pm

The Marion E. Wade Center presents the first lecture in this year’s Hansen Lectureship series on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. This is the first of three talks in a series by Dr. Jerry Root on C. S. Lewis titled “C.S. Lewis’s Dymer: ‘A splendour in the dark, a tale, a song.'” It will be followed by two other talks, on February 7 and March 21, 2019.  All lectures will be at 7 p.m. in the Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium. Each Hansen lecture is accompanied by a response from a different Wheaton College faculty member. The faculty respondent for this talk is Dr. Jeffry C. Davis, Chair and Professor of English, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Wheaton College.

Given what Lewis called “the narrative sop” or telling the story, before one can analyze a work one must be familiar with the story itself. In other words, a reader must first “receive” the story (as Lewis explains in An Experiment in Criticism). This lecture will begin by looking at the literary form and narrative structure of Lewis’s Dymer, because Lewis believed firmly in the significance of literary form. (For example, Lewis said that the man who writes a love sonnet not only loves the beloved, he also loves the sonnet.) Thus, we will explore the question: why did Lewis use Narrative Poetry as the means to communicate this particular story? This will be followed by an exposition of the poem itself in order to familiarize the reader with the narrative of Dymer along with a consideration of the poem’s grand themes and ideas.

The Ken and Jean Hansen Lectureship is an annual faculty lecture series named in honor of former Wheaton College trustee Ken Hansen and his wife Jean, and endowed in their memory by Walter and Darlene Hansen. These lectures will take place in the Wade Center’s Bakke Auditorium and are free and open to the public. The Wade Center is located at 351 Lincoln Ave. on the northwest corner of campus at the intersection of Washington St. and Lincoln Ave. For more information, contact the Wade Center at 630.752.5908 or wade@wheaton.edu.