Complete C.S. Lewis Reading List

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You wouldn’t think it would be that complicated to compile a list of all C.S. Lewis’s books in chronological order, but it totally is. I found a few helpful aids online (linked below), but nothing quite like what I wanted. So, fellow Googlers, here it is in all its glory. I took the easy way out and put several of the essay collections at the very end, instead of trying to file individual essays into the chronology.

I’ll be reading all of these books in order, starting in May. Feel free to read along, read behind, read ahead, read occasionally, or just comment from memory or opinion — I’d love y’all to participate and I really don’t care how! The breakdown for the next few months can be found underneath the list. (Also, I’m taking submissions regarding witty titles for the blog series. Winners will be thanked profusely and, if applicable, linked to in the next Lewis post).

I’ve included some of the supplemental materials I plan to look at during the project, in order. I do have another short list of biographies, scholarship, inspired-by-Lewis books, etc., that I plan to read after the project itself, but what do you recommend? Favorite biographies, analytical essays, novelties? Let me know in the comments.

 

Title Date Genre  
Boxen 1900 Fiction/Supplemental
Phantastes (George MacDonald)  Supplemental
Spirits in Bondage 1919 Poetry
The Inklings of Oxford  Supplemental
All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922–27
Dymer 1926 Poetry
Narrative Poems of C.S. Lewis 1930ish Poetry
Poems various Poetry
The Everlasting Man (GK Chesterton)  Supplemental
Collected Letters Vol. 1 1905-1931 1931 Letters
The Pilgrim’s Regress 1933 Fiction – Adult
The Allegory of Love 1936 Academic
Out of the Silent Planet 1938 Fiction – Adult – Scifi
The Dark Tower and Other Stories  Fiction – fragments
The Personal Heresy 1939 Academic
Rehabilitations and Other Essays 1939 Academic
The Problem of Pain 1940 Nonfiction
Mere Christianity part 1 – The Case for Christianity 1942 Nonfiction
The Screwtape Letters 1942 Fiction – Adult
Preface to Paradise Lost 1942 Academic
Perelandra 1943 Fiction – Adult – Scifi
The Abolition of Man 1943 Nonfiction
Mere Christianity part 2 – Christian Behavior 1943 Nonfiction
Mere Christianity part 3 – Beyond Personality 1944 Nonfiction
The Great Divorce 1945 Fiction – Adult
That Hideous Strength 1945 Fiction – Adult – Scifi
George Macdonald: An Anthology 1946 Nonfiction
Essays Presented to Charles Williams 1947 Academic
Miracles 1947 Nonfiction
Arthurian Torso 1948 Academic
Collected Letters Vol. 2 1931-1949 1949 Letters
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe 1950 Fiction – Juvenile
Prince Caspian 1951 Fiction – Juvenile
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 1952 Fiction – Juvenile
The Silver Chair 1953 Fiction – Juvenile
The Horse and His Boy 1954 Fiction – Juvenile
Reading the Classics with C.S. Lewis  Supplemental
English Literature in the Sixteenth Century 1954 Academic
Major British Writers, Vol. 1 1954 Academic
Surprised by Joy 1955 Nonfiction
The Magician’s Nephew 1955 Fiction – Juvenile
The Last Battle 1956 Fiction – Juvenile
A Year with Aslan  Supplemental
Knowing Aslan  Supplemental
Narnia movies – various  Supplemental
Other Narnia essays, etc.
C.S. Lewis and Narnia for Dummies  Supplemental
Planet Narnia  Supplemental
The Narnia Cookbook  Supplemental
Of Other Worlds 1950s Academic
Till We Have Faces 1956 Fiction – Adult
Reflections on the Psalms 1958 Nonfiction
The Four Loves 1960 Nonfiction
Studies in Words 1960 Academic
The World’s Last Night and Other Essays 1960 Nonfiction
A Grief Observed 1961 Nonfiction
Shadowlands [movie]  Supplemental
An Experiment in Criticism 1961 Academic
They Asked for a Paper 1962 Academic
Posthumous publications
Letters to Malcolm 1963 Nonfiction
Collected Letters Vol. 3 1950-1963 1963 Letters
The Latin Letters of C.S. Lewis various Letters
Letters to an American Lady various Letters
The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature 1964 Academic
Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature 1966 Academic
Essay Collection: Faith, Christianity and the Church various Nonfiction
Essay Collection: Literature, Philosophy and Short Stories various Academic
Compelling Reason: Essays on Ethics and Theology Nonfiction
Selected Literary Essays various Academic
God in the Dock various Nonfiction
The Weight of Glory various Nonfiction

Helpful aids:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._S._Lewis_bibliography

C.S. Lewis Chronology: http://personal.bgsu.edu/~edwards/chron.html

C.S. Lewis reading room: http://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/mtsmodular/reading-rooms/theology/lewis

 

May:

Boxen

Phantastes (George MacDonald)

Spirits in Bondage

The Inklings of Oxford

June:

All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C. S. Lewis 1922–27

July:

Dymer

Narrative Poems

Poems


Review: Ms. Marvel #3

Ms. Marvel #3 cover

Do these have titles? I’m not sure these have titles.

No spoilers!

Back again with Ms. Marvel! I hope not every issue (and review) will be focused on Kamala Khan’s “Muslim superheroine” status, but again, that’s what makes the comic notable at this point, and this issue brushes up against her religion in a more explicit way. She attends a “youth lecture” at her mosque, apparently one of the few things she can do at the moment (she’s grounded). She and her friend are called out for talking during the lecture, and she says “Sorry, Sheikh Abdullah, but it’s really hard to concentrate when we can’t even see you,” at which point Sheikh Abdullah starts explaining how the partition and side entrance are for women’s modesty. She asks about the partitions in ancient Muslim times, then, because the partition and side entrance mean the Sheikh can’t see them either, they sneak out.

I’ll interject to say that I’m not deeply familiar with various Muslim practices. I took a course on the history of the Islamic world and did some extra reading, but it’s a rich and varied topic. I mention it because our class visited evening services at the local Islamic Center, where they did have a separate entrance for women and the women did sit behind a partition. The guests were separated by gender and went in the designated entrances, but we (the lady visitors) were given chairs where we could see both sides of the partitions during the prayers. Afterward we were invited into the male section to see the decorations and whatnot. So, I’m not entirely clear on how all that’s supposed to work, if it’s just segregated during prayers or if it only matters for Muslim women or what.

I don’t want to see Kamala become an atheist or throw off her religion entirely, and I don’t think that’s being set up. I do see her asking reasonable questions though. It behooves all of us to ask questions of our chosen religions, and I think her attitude is pretty realistic for most teenagers. Her religious tradition means something to her, as seen in the last issue, but maybe she’s not entirely sure what it means to her. Maybe she has questions about religious expression and how she wants to “do” her religion. Maybe she has other questions. I thought it was a good sign going forward that she can have a dynamic relationship with her own religion. I’m told the writer for this series is actually a Muslim woman herself (somehow I escaped knowing that already) so it’s good that Kamala’s not portrayed as hostile to her religion AND that everything isn’t perfectly rosy.

On the superheroic front, most of this issue still consists of Kamala asking questions. Pretty spot-on questions, like “What does it mean to have powers? To be able to look like someone I’m not?” That basically sums up the whole series. In addition to Kamala’s questions, there’s some tasty foreshadowing for a possible member of her support crew and a possible villain, and then in the last few pages Kamala gets into some biiiig trouble. No more details! Go buy the comic! Support your local comic store! The overall story and artistic quality is still good, and I’m still really excited.

Depending on funds, I may start reading another series or two on a monthly basis. I’m thinking about Loki: Agent of Asgard and Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, but do you have other titles you think deserve attention? What titles would you like to see reviewed?


Museum Visit: Disability Rights and Resources

Woohoo, new series! As a future museum studies/public history student and professional, I figured it behooved me to go out and spend some time soaking up some museums. I’m already studying and volunteering, but I’m interested in seeing the different exhibits both for my own enjoyment/education and to see how they’re being done. I’m hoping to do a Museum Visit post about once a month. (I’m moving into a more organized blog structure and schedule soon, but more on that at a later date!)

Disability History Exhibit

This visit in particular wasn’t to a museum per se, but a Disability History Exhibit presented by Disability Rights and Resources in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. I happened to hear about the organization at a service fair on campus, and chose to do this first since it’s only open for a limited time. I’m not connected with DRR and make no representation of the quality of their services. The exhibit is on loan from People First of Alabama, and I have no knowledge of them either.

On to the exhibit. It consists of 22 panels like those in the picture above. They wind around the DRR lobby, but the order is clearly labeled. Each panel has relevant paintings or photographs accompanying color-coded text (for moral, medical, and social points of view), along with quotes and pullout text marked “Stereotype:” or “Social value:” etc., explaining the context of the time. A timeline runs across the bottom of the display.

There’s really a ton of information here, going from early religious impressions of the “purpose” of a disability, through medical models that turned people into permanent patients or objects of study, then from permanent patients into inmates, especially with the interest in genetics and eugenics in the early 20th century. Roughly the second half of the exhibit goes through different aspects of civil rights movements and modern self-advocacy movements.

I thought they did a great job of presenting their chosen narrative, drawing in milestones in the history of disability rights but also more elusive content like social perceptions and the inception of ideas. The display is engaging, a great balance of illustrative photos, explanatory text, and revealing quotes. I was especially impressed at how carefully the photos had been chosen to add value to the experience, not just for the sake of having a picture there. I did notice a few typos in the text… Not the end of the world, but since the text drives the exhibit, the absence of typos would be a helpful thing. There’s also a strong agenda, but I have no problem with that since it’s clearly identified and there are huge signs naming the sponsoring institutions.

The one thing that actually bothers me is it would’ve been a great digital history project, better than a physical one. There aren’t any physical objects to interact with, so the whole thing could be digitized. That would allow users from anywhere in the world to access it, read at their own pace, and click links to related information from another time period (or maybe more details on another site or something), all without having to stand in a lobby and read something on a wall for 45 minutes. It’s already visually sleek and modern-looking with a good flow of information, and it seems to me it would translate to the web with a minimum of extra effort. A website could also offer some different accessibility options, although there is an audio tour available.

All together, it was an interesting exhibit and I do feel like I learned a few things. It was coherent and visually engaging, and promoting understanding of the historical treatment of people with disabilities is a helpful thing. The exhibit will be available in the Disability Rights and Resources lobby in downtown Birmingham through May 9, 2014. Admission is free. Go to http://drradvocates.org/disability-history-exhibit for more information!

For some further reading on perceptions of disability, check out Rose B. Fischer’s “Redefining Disability” blog series.


Review: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Some spoilers, mostly minor.

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I’ve been seeing a lot of people say Winter Soldier is the best Marvel movie. I wouldn’t go that far — nothing here blew my mind — but it was pretty darn good.

The Plot:

Captain America was my least favorite Phase One Marvel movie, for the simple reason that the plot pacing was nonexistent. I am a stickler for pacing. That problem was fixed here… There are a lot of elements and subplots, but they’re balanced well. I was never confused, but I never felt like I was being lead through it either. Some of the dialogue was less than artful, the movie’s anti-surveillance message is waaaay out there in the open, but at the same time that’s a totally on-point discussion to be having and I didn’t feel like it was so heavy-handed as to be ineffective or unrealistic.

I like that the movie follows through on that discussion and actually allows changes to be made, rather than just playing with it and then returning to the status quo. I’ll have to catch up on the last few episodes of Agents of Shield before Tuesday, because a lot of stuff went down with Shield in this movie and I want to see the fallout. I won’t give details, but I will say that I’ve only read a smattering of Marvel comics so I don’t know if this movie’s content follows any particular storyline, but it does seem very Marvel-ish in tone and treatment of its superheroes.

As I expected, the Winter Soldier himself is more of a subplot than a supervillain. In the title and the trailers, he serves to distract the audience from the heavier discussions and main plot of the movie. I’m okay with that, because he’s still awesome, and an important subplot for Cap himself. On the whole, this movie really let Cap shine. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but he’s not squeamish. He’s honest, but that doesn’t mean he’s weak — he has a commitment to the truth. His super-soldier skills are on display throughout the movie, hopefully proving his worth to all y’all who thought he was superflous in the Avengers. Honestly, the man fights like a dancer and he knows how to arrange his troops.

The Characters:

There was such a great female presence in this movie! Black Widow is a vital and constant element, Agent Hill is great, and there’s another cool female agent. All three of them are distinctly different women without being stereotypes of anything, all three of them have serious commitments to their work, and none of them are shown in superfluous states of undress. (Not shown in states of undress at ALL, as far as I remember.)

Various ladies are suggested as romantic partners for Cap, but it’s done in a natural and mutual way. (The suggestion is simply that he might enjoy having a social life, not that women will faint all over him or that he deserves a “reward” or anything.) There’s no indication from anyone that because there are women in the movie, one of them must sleep with Cap at some point. They’re there to do actual significant things which they have chosen to do, which matter to the fate of the world, actually.

Beyond all that, there’s a consistent female presence in all the group shots: working on computers, working in Shield, being Shield agents, being henchpeople, being on the World Security Council, attending group meetings of military veterans, just being everywhere, and all completely not sexualized. That’s just totally awesome.

There are two prominent characters of color in Nick Fury and Sam/Falcon, both of whom are amazeballs. In addition, I don’t know how well they qualify as characters with disabilities, but Nick Fury has his eyepatch and the Winter Soldier has a totally rad prosthetic arm.

Winter Soldier arm

Several Spoilery Questions:

Where was Tony Stark? Cap and Natasha are running around trying to get someone to help them hide/decrypt some super-secret programming, and they don’t even try to contact Tony? Especially after he was the one suspicious of Shield in Avengers in the first place? He could’ve been a big help.

More importantly, if Hill was always going to blow up the helicarriers after Steve was clear, why go through all that brouhaha to reprogram them first? I could understand if they didn’t WANT to blow them up, it looks like they did a ton of damage falling out of the sky and who knows how many crewmembers were killed, but that is clearly not the case. Blowing them up was part of the plan.

Lastly:

Aside from the Tony Stark question, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World both did a good job of keeping the other heroes out of the equation in a believable way. In TDW only a few minutes of serious action happened on Earth. In Winter Soldier, most of it’s secret, so again the big fight only takes up a few minutes. I don’t know where Hawkeye was, but the others probably wouldn’t have known or been able to get there in time.

I prefer the crazier end of Marvel, with gods and magic and aliens, so maybe that’s why I don’t think this is the greatest Marvel movie yet. All the same, it is really good, and satisfying on many levels. It’s packed with action, but thoughtful too, and it’s not afraid to make big changes. The characterization is all spot-on, and the pace is good. Go see it and let me know what you think!

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Related:

Loki Fights Like a Girl

Review: Ms. Marvel #1

Review: “Thor: The Dark World”


Reasons to Love History #7: Touching the Past

I got to hold a piece of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s jail cell.

I volunteer in an iron and steel museum. That may sound strange, but iron and steel have been super important in the South. Anyway, I clean and catalog the museum’s acquisitions. The gentleman who was restoring it for display elsewhere was allowed to keep the extraneous bits, and he donated one to us.

It’s a tiny iron rectangle with some rust on it.

Maybe it’s just a chronological version of celebrity adoration, and I shouldn’t feel touched to hold a random iron rectangle from a jail cell, but I do. I really do.

It’s not just objects associated with famous people… I want to physically touch everything in every museum. It’s like touching the past directly. It’s touching the same thing another person touched, however many years ago. It’s a connection to someone whose life deserves to be remembered, even if they aren’t remembered and never can be. It proves there really were people and things here before us. One of the reasons I’m sure public history is right for me is that touching something old feels like a religious experience.

Don’t go around touching things in museums. They’re fragile and even if you don’t actually break them, the oils on your hands can do lasting damage. I was properly cleaned and gloved. I’m just saying, if a docent ever says “It’s okay to touch this,” do it. It’s remarkable that these items exist at all.


Very Inspiring Blogger Award

hannahgivens:

Thanks for another nomination! Again, I will try to get to these soon, but if I never do, I still very much appreciate the nomination and you should all go follow Natacha’s blog.

Originally posted on Natacha Guyot:

Thank you, Raven, for nominating me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! I am very honored and appreciate that you find my blog so interesting! Still being in my first year of actual blogging is a great learning experience and I am glad to see that people enjoy the content I share here.

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Rules for this Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Add the Very Inspiring Blogger Award to your post.
  • Share 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate a list of bloggers that inspire you.
  • Include this set of rules.
  • Inform your nominees by posting a comment on their blogs.

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7 Things about Myself

  1. Baking is my favorite non writing/vidding related creative outlet.
  2. My favorite TV show is The X-Files. The second and third place on a favorite TV show podium would be impossible to determine because of all the titles I love so much. (I’m not good at…

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The Time Lord Victorious

hannahgivens:

I just left a long comment so I won’t repeat it all here. Suffice it to say I’m having a geek attack about Doctor Who, Satan, and Wile E. Coyote (but Wile E. Coyote is only sort of related.)

Originally posted on Sourcerer:

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Confession time: I like Doctor Who, and I don’t want to claim something about the show that doesn’t help us understand the story. I think the writers intended to use the myth to drive their story, and that it made both the character and the story more understandable. I wasn’t just trying to seem clever when I (possibly mis-) quoted Mark Twain; if the Doctor needs saving, what does that say for the myth of the devil?

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Satan and the Doctor rebel against authority, and each story uses rebellion as a motivation and a result. But I want to be clear: when I say rebellion, I do not mean the Fall. The characters rebel because of their personalities, and the rebellion leads to the possibility of a Fall. What separates them – why I think the use of this myth in Doctor Who is important – is…

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