Anyone who follows A Pilgrim in Narnia knows of my interest in The Screwtape Letters. I have written reviews, asked questions about influences, looked at Screwtape copycats–including the first by mystery writer, Dorothy Sayers–thought about Screwtape`s anti-spirituality in popular culture, and invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts. I have used Screwtape in my university curriculum, and am in the midst of three academic papers on The Screwtape Letters. 2012 on A Pilgrim in Narnia was quite the year for Screwtape and his hapless nephew, Wormwood.
In 2012 I also gave a talk at the C.S. Lewis and the Inklings Colloquium at Taylor University in Indiana. Now my paper is available, published in Inklings Forever VIII, and priggishly titled,”The Pedagogical Value of The Screwtape Letters for a New Generation (available free online). Don’t get caught on the title. The paper is really a look at my experience teaching a Christian book, The Screwtape Letters, within a secular undergraduate school. It’s quite a lot of fun.
Not only is the paper now published, but the audio of the lecture is available at the All About Jack podcast. During the talk, I used Prezi and you can find the presentation available here if you want to follow along. It may help to read some notes I made about the Screwtape Letters genre, called “Screwtape Writes Again: A Note on Contemporary Screwtape Letters.” Here’s to 2013, a year where this Screwtape project takes a few leaps forward.