Neglected C.S. Lewis: English Literature in the 16th Century and Selected Literary

Date(s) - 04/19/18
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wheaton College Wade Center Bakke Auditorium

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Neglected C.S. Lewis: English Literature in the 16th Century and Selected Literary Essays

Wheaton College

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:30 – 9pm


The Marion E. Wade Center presents a series of dual lectures by Dr. Jerry Root and Mr. Mark Neal on C.S. Lewis’s lesser known works of literary criticism. The final lecture in this series, on English Literature in the 16th Century and Selected Literary Essays, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 in Bakke Auditorium.

It is said that to write English Literature in the 16th Century Lewis read every book published in English during this time period. Like a Seurat painting, he is able to take all the dots of color and bring into focus a glorious landscape. Lewis divides the literature of the sixteenth century into two major categories, the drab and the golden. Among the literature of the drab period are the works of religious controversy. Lewis may be one of the few people who ever read thoroughly both sides of the Reformation. This book is worthy for that reason alone, but the golden authors, for Lewis, were Philip Sidney and Edmund Spenser. In this book, Lewis reveals why those two authors were the giants of that era.

While Lewis was known as a literary historian and critic of medieval and renaissance literature, Selected Literary Essays shows that his interests were far more wide-ranging. A good academic needs to feel free to explore academic curiosity. One should not fear to leave any stone unturned. Questions lead to answers which lead to discoveries. This promotes awe and wonder and sometimes, in Lewis’s case, worship. This book shows the width of his tastes. Anybody who wants to break out of narrow self-referential approaches to life would benefit from these essays.

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