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SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review

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Volume 26 (2009)

Conversing with Dante: Relational Assent in Charles Williams and George MacDonald − Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson
Kirstin Jeffrey Johnson compares the way Dante’s perception of human and divine relationships in the Divine Comedy influences Williams’s novel Descent into Hell and MacDonald’s fantasy Lilith.
Stoic Rationality and Divine Madness in Till We Have Faces − Dale Sullivan
Dale Sullivan examines C.S. Lewis’s novel through the lens of classical rhetorical theory, demonstrating how Orual’s journey that leads to encounter with the divine is an effective critique by Lewis of material rationalism.
Vocation in Work: Dorothy L. Sayers and Economic Issues − Christine M. Fletcher
Christine M. Fletcher explores the long-term interest Sayers had in defining work in her era, anticipating later successful developments in the field of corporate management. Previously unpublished material from the Wade Center archives reinforces her overview.
That Hideous Latin in That Hideous Strength − Amy E.K. Vail
Amy E.K. Vail shows how C.S. Lewis’s use of Latin tags to help delineate his characters is associated with his wider views on language’s relationship to morality.
Books Reviewed:
  • Chesterton on War and Peace Ed. Michael Perry
  • Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation by Milton Walsh
  • C.S. Lewis on the Fullness of Life: Longing for Deep Heaven by Dennis J. Billy
  • George MacDonald’s Challenging Theology of the Atonement, Suffering, and Death by Miho Yamaguchi
  • “A Noble Unrest”: Contemporary Essays on the Work of George MacDonald Ed. Jean Webb
  • Inside Language: Linguistic and Aesthetic Theory in Tolkien by Ross Smith
  • The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth by Elizabeth A. Whittingham
  • Tree of Tales: Tolkien, Literature, and Theology Ed. Trevor Hart and Ivan Khovacs
  • The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall and Edmund Weiner
  • Truths Breathed through Silver: The Inklings’ Moral and Mythopoeic Legacy Ed. Jonathan B. Himes with Joe R. Christopher and Salwa Khoddam
  • Milton, Spenser and The Chronicles of Narnia: Literary Sources for the C.S. Lewis Novels by Elizabeth Baird Hardy
  • Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language Ed. Janet Brennan Croft
  • The Return of Christian Humanism: Chesterton, Eliot, Tolkien, and the Romance of History by Lee Oser

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