Saturday, February 02, 2008

Planet Narnia


I've stumbled onto several articles here lately (here are two, from Touchstone and CT) concerning Dr. Michael Ward's new book Planet Narnia. The book is the latest in a long line of attempts to identify the foundational conceit beneath Lewis's 7-book Narnian Chronicles; some attempts in the past have equated the seven books to the seven days of creation, the seven sacraments, even the seven books of Spenser's The Faerie Queen. Ward's suggestion is that the books are tied to the medieval astronomical views of the seven planets, and, at least according to the book's reviews, Dr. Ward's scholarship backs this up very well.

Check out the articles if you'd like to read more about the premise--I for one have the book on order, and am looking forward to making my own assessment of the Lewisian scholar's work.

1 comment:

Daniel McLain Hixon said...

gosh, I just thought he wrote until he was run out of book-length ideas, and when he was finished there happened to have been 7 of them...?