On Monday I blogged “On Leprechauns,” referencing C.S. Lewis’ “The Discarded Image,” where he embarks on a rather scientific look at faeries. “The Discarded Image” is part of a larger series of Oxford lectures that capture the medieval worldview to help students understand how to read medieval and renaissance literature.
Today I’m reblogging a piece from “Journey Towards Easter,” a theology and literature blog that will keep you reading for some time. On Monday they also blogged on “The Discarded Image,” with this intriguing piece, “C.S. Lewis and the Music of the Spheres.”
Towards the end of his life, C. S. Lewis drew together material from several lectures on the pre-Copernican view of the universe given during his time at Oxford, which were published after his death as The Discarded Image. This book, and the lectures it was based on, were written by Lewis as an introduction to medieval and renaissance literature, and the main thrust of this work was to help the audience/reader appreciate this ‘image’ of the universe in order that they might better understand the literature produced in that period.
Lewis’ position is that the worldview held by people at any given time is so influential in shaping their thought, that a proper understanding of it is necessary for understanding their ideas in general; and that especially with respect to this period, which underwent such a great change in cosmological perspective, otherwise many references and modes of thought will…
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