A Bibliography on C.S. Lewis and Gender (Secondary Sources)

Gender in C.S. Lewis Bibliography by Brenton Dickieson*

Adey, Lionel.  “How Far Did Lewis Change Over Time?” The Canadian C.S. Lewis Journal 93.1 (1998): 5–13. See also his C.S. Lewis: Writer, Dreamer, and Mentor. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Barkman, Adam. “‘All is Righteousness and there is no Equality’: C.S. Lewis on Gender and Justice.” Christian Scholar’s Review (2007): 415-436.

—. The Philosophical Christianity of C.S. Lewis: Its Sources, Content, and Formation. Thesis. Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit, 2009.

—. “‘We Must Go Back to Our Bibles’: A Reply to Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen.” Christian Scholar’s Review (2007): 445-453.

—.“C.S. Lewis: Sexist and Masculine Idolater?” Inklings-Jahrbuch für Literatur und Ästhetik 26 (2008): 158–72.

Bartels, Gretchen. “Of Men and Mice: C.S. Lewis on Male-Female Interactions.” Literature & Theology 22, No. 3 (September 2008): 324-338.

Bremer, John. “From Despoina to Diotima: The Mistress of C.S. Lewis.” The Lewis Legacy 61 (Summer 1994): 6-18. Online: http://instituteofphilosophy.org/c-s-lewis/233/

Brown, Devin. “Are The Chronicles of Narnia Sexist and Racist?”. Keynote Address at The 12th Annual Conference of The C. S. Lewis and Inklings Society, Calvin College, March 28, 2009. Web. 15 July 2011. http://www.narniaweb.com/resourceslinks/are-the-chronicles-of-narnia-sexist-and-racist/. 

Burrus, Alicia D. Gender Differentiation and Gender Hierarchy in C.S. Lewis. University Honors Program Thesis. GA: Georgia Southern University, 2014.

Carnell, Corbin Scott. “The Meaning of Masculine and Feminine in the Work of C.S. Lewis.” Modern British Literature 2 (1977): 153–59.

Chance, Jane. Tolkien, Self and Other: “This Queer Creature”. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016.

Christopher, Joe R. “Gender Hierarchies and Lowerarchies: A Response to Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen and Adam Barkman.” Christian Scholar’s Review 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 461-468.

Croft, Janet Brennan, and Leslie Donovan, editors. Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien. Altadena, CA: Mythopoeic Press, 2015.

Curtis, Carolyn, and Mary Pomroy Key, editors. Women and C.S. Lewis: What His Life and Literature Reveal for Today’s Culture. Oxford: Lion Books, 2015.

Deschene, James Michael. Joy in a Minor Key: The Mystery of Gender and Sex in the Thought of C.S. Lewis. Dissertation, University of Rhode Island, 1991. No copy, part of intro in

Emerson, David. “Innocence as a Super-Power: Little Girls on the Hero’s Journey.” Mythlore 28, nos. 1-2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 131–47.

Eros, Paul. “‘A Different Lens’: Gender Studies and the Inklings.” Femspec 5, No. 1 (2004): 283.

Filmer, Kath. The Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Mask and Mirror. London: Macmillan, 1993.

Fredrick, Candice, and Sam McBride. “Battling the Woman Warrior: Females and Combat in Tolkien and Lewis.” Mythlore 35, No. 3/4 (2007): 29-42.

—. Women Among the Inklings: Gender, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. London: Greenwood Press, 2001.

Fife, Ernelle. “Wise Warriors in Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling.” Mythlore 25, nos.1-2 (2006): 147-162.

Frenschkowski, Helena. “Women in Love—Spirits in Bondage? Geschlecht und Weiblichkeit in C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces.” Inklings-Jahrbuch 16 (1998): 180-98.

Fry, Karin. “No Longer a Friend of Narnia: Gender in Narnia.” In The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy, edited by Gregory Bassham and Jerry L. Walls, 155-166. Chicago: Open Court, 2005.

Gibbons, Stella. “Imaginative Writing.” In Light on C.S. Lewis, edited by Jocelyn Gibb, 86–101. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1965.

Glyer, Diana Pavlac. “‘We are All Fallen Creatures and All Very Hard to Live With’: Some Thoughts on Lewis and Gender.” Christian Scholar’s Review 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 477–483.

Goldthwaite, John. The Natural History of Make-Believe: A Guide to the Principal Works of Britain, Europe, and America. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996.

Graham, Jean E. “Women, Sex, and Power: Circe and Lilith in Narnia.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 29 (2004): 32–44.

Hannay, Margaret Patterson. “C.S. Lewis: Mere Misogyny?” Daughters of Sarah 1, no. 6 (Sep. 1975): 1–4.

—. “‘Surprised by Joy’: C.S. Lewis’ Changing Attitudes Toward Women.” Mythlore 4, no. 1 (1976): 15–20.

Hardy, Elizabeth Baird. Milton, Spenser and The Chronicles of Narnia: Literary Sources for the C.S. Lewis Novels. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007.

Henthorne, Susan C. The Image of Woman in the Fiction of C.S. Lewis. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1985.

Hilder, Monika B. “The Foolish Weakness in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy: A Feminine Heroic.” SEVEN: An Anglo-American Literary Review 19 (2002): 77–90.

—. The Feminine Ethos in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia. Studies in Twentieth-Century British literature 10. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.

—. The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C. S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy. Studies in Twentieth-Century British Literature 11. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

—. Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C. S. Lewis and Gender. Studies in Twentieth-Century British Literature 12. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

Hopkins, Lisa. “Female Authority Figures in the Works of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams.” Mythlore 20.2 (1995): 364–66.

Humphrey, Edith. “Sacrament and Essence, Masculine and Feminine,” ch. 9 in Further Up and Further in: Orthodox Conversations with C.S. Lewis on Scripture. Yonkers, NY: St Vladimirs Seminary Press, 2017.

Jones, Karla Faust. “Girls in Narnia: Hindered or Human?” Mythlore 13, no. 3 (1987): 15-19.

King, Don W. “Introduction to the Colloquium Issue: C.S. Lewis and Gender: “Positively Medieval?” Christian Scholar’s Review 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 387-390.

Leyland, Margaret M. “Lewis and the Schoolgirls.” The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society 1, no. 3 (July 1977): 1-2.

Lindskoog, Kathryn. “C.S. Lewis: Reactions from Women.” Mythlore 3, no. 4 (1976): 18–20.

—. “Sex.” The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia. Eds. Schultz, Jeffrey D. and John G.West, Jr., 429. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998.

—.“Women.” In The C.S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia, edited by Jeffrey D. Schultz and John G. West, Jr., 429. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998.

Loades, Ann. “C.S. Lewis on Gender.” Priscilla Papers 24.1 (Winter 2010): 19–24.

—. “On Gender.” In The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis, edited by Robert MacSwain and Michael Ward, 150-173. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

McSporran, Cathy. “Daughters of Lilith: Witches and Wicked Women in the Chronicles of Narnia.” In Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles, edited by Shanna Cuaghey, 191-204. Dallas: Benbella Books, 2005.

Michel, Laura. “Politically Incorrect: Tolkien, Women, and Feminism,” in Tolkien and Modernity, Vol. 1, edited by Frank Winreich and Thomas Honegger, 55-76. Bochum and Jena, Germany: Walking Tree, 2006.

Miller, Jennifer L. “No Sex in Narnia? How Andersen’s “Snow Queen” Problematizes Lewis’s Narnia.” Mythlore 28, nos. 1-2 (Fall/Winter 2009): 113–30.

Myers, Doris. “Brave New World: The Status of Women according to Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams.” Cimarron Review 17 (Oct. 1971): 13–19.

Myers, Doris. C.S. Lewis in Context. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 1994.

—.“Lewis in Genderland.” Christian Scholar’s Review 34, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 455-460.

Neuleib, Janice Witherspoon. “Love’s Alchemy: Jane in That Hideous Strength.” Mythlore 7, no. 1 (March 1980): 16–17.

Patterson, Nancy-Lou. “Guardaci Ben: The Visionary Woman in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and That Hideous Strength.” Mythlore 6, no. 3 (1979): 6–10 and Mythlore 6, no. 4 (1979): 20–24.

—. “The Unfathomable Feminine Principle: Images of Wholeness in That Hideous Strength.” The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C.S. Lewis Society 9 (1986): 3-39.

Poe, Harry Lee. “Lewis and the Ladies.” Christian Scholar’s Review 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 469-76.

Ribe, Neil. “That Glorious Strength: Lewis on Male and Female.” CSL: The Bulletin of the New York C.S. Lewis Society 14, No. 1 (1982): 1-9.

Scudder Jr., John, and Anne Bishop. “C. S. Lewis Surprised and Humanized by Joy.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 48.1 (2009): 74-78.

Starr, Charlie W. “Fauns are from Mars, Nymphs are from Venus,” ch. 5 in The Faun’s Bookshelf: C.S. Lewis on Why Myth Matters. Kent, OH: Black Squirrel Books, 2018.

Swift, Jennifer. “‘A More Fundamental Reality than Sex’: C.S. Lewis and the Hierarchy of Gender.” Chronicle: Of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society 5, no. 1 (Feb. 2008): 5–26.

Van Leeuwen, Mary Stewart. “The Anti-Reductionist: C.S. Lewis, Science, and Gender Relations.” The C.S. Lewis Lecture at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga on March 29, 2004.

—. Gender and Grace: Love, Work and Parenting in a Changing World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1990.

—. “A Sword Between the Sexes: C.S. Lewis’s Long Road to Gender Equality.” Christian Scholar’s Review 36, No. 4 (2007): 391-414.

—. “What Did Lewis Say, and When Did He Say It? A Reply to Adam Barkman.” Christian Scholar’s Review 36, no. 4 (Summer 2007): 437-444.

—. A Sword Between the Sexes: C.S. Lewis and the Gender Debates. Grand Rapids: BrazosPress, 2010.

Woodruff Tait, Jennifer L.  “‘You Will Have No More Dreams; Have Children Instead’ Or, What’s a Nice Egalitarian Girl Like You Doing in a Book Like This?,” Inklings Forever 6. https://pillars.taylor.edu/inklings_forever/vol6/iss1/24.

Zettle, “Why I Love Narnia.” Revisiting Narnia: Fantasy, Myth and Religion in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles, edited by Shanna Caughey, 181–90. Dallas, TX: BenBella, 2005.

*With significant help by Jenn R.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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4 Responses to A Bibliography on C.S. Lewis and Gender (Secondary Sources)

  1. Dorothea says:

    oh! This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. lolalwilcox says:

    Thanks for providing this amazing and thorough list.

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