The Neglected C.S. Lewis : The Discarded Image and The Allegory of Love

Date(s) - 01/23/18
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Marion E. Wade Center

Hosted by
Wheaton College

The Neglected C.S. Lewis : The Discarded Image and The Allegory of Love

Wheaton College

Tuesday, January 23, 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 third lecture in this series on The Discarded Image and The Allegory of Love, will take place at 7:30pm on January 23, 2018 in Bakke Auditorium.
The Discarded Image is the final edition of a series of lectures Lewis gave at Oxford University titled The Prolegomena to Medieval and Renaissance Literature. It was one of the last things he wrote before he died, and was published in the year following his death. This work is indispensable to knowing the background of medieval literature and to understanding Lewis’s fascination with that period. Lewis also shows that the medieval worldview could not be a last word about reality. Consequently, we see in this book a warning that the worldview of any age must equally give way to the demands of new discoveries. All ages will produce what will necessarily become discarded images; interesting in their own right, but insufficient to describe the full complexity of the world in which we find ourselves. This work also provides an essential key to fully understanding and appreciating Lewis’s fiction.
If an academic writes a book and it is not reviewed, it is the kiss of death. If it is reviewed poorly, this is better than nothing, because somebody took the work seriously. If it is reviewed positively, that is a great boon, but if it changes the academic discipline, that is most memorable. While the criticism of medieval literature has gone further than¿The¿Allegory of Love by Lewis, it has followed the course he set. This book established Lewis’s well-earned reputation as a literary scholar. Anybody who truly wants to understand Lewis needs to be acquainted with this book.
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