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The Resource Bareface : a guide to C.S. Lewis's last novel, Doris T. Myers

Bareface : a guide to C.S. Lewis's last novel, Doris T. Myers

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Bareface : a guide to C.S. Lewis's last novel
Title
Bareface
Title remainder
a guide to C.S. Lewis's last novel
Statement of responsibility
Doris T. Myers
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Doris T. Myers's Bareface provides a welcome study of Lewis's last, most profound, and most skillfully written novel, Till We Have Faces. Although many claim it is his best novel, Till We Have Faces is a radical departure from the fantasy genre of Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters and has been less popular than Lewis's earlier works. In Bareface, Myers supplies background information on this difficult work and suggests reading techniques designed to make it more accessible to general readers. She also presents a fresh approach to Lewis criticism for the enjoyment of specialists." "Previous studies have often treated the novel as mere myth, ignoring Lewis's effort to present the story of Cupid and Psyche as something that could have happened. Myers emphasizes the historical background, the grounding of the characterizations in modern psychology, and the thoroughly realistic narrative presentation. She identifies key books in ancient and medieval literature, history, and philosophy that influenced Lewis's thinking as well as pointing out a previously unnoticed affinity with William James. From this context, a clearer understanding to Till We Have Faces can emerge." "Organized to facilitate browsing according to the reader's personal interests and needs, this study helps reader's explore this complex and subtle novel in their own way."--Jacket
  • "C. S. Lewis wanted to name his last novel 2Bareface.3 Now Doris T. Myers{u2019}s Bareface provides a welcome study of Lewis{u2019}s last, most profound, and most skillfully written novel, Till We Have Faces. Although many claim it is his best novel, Till We Have Faces is a radical departure from the fantasy genre of Lewis{u2019}s Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters and has been less popular than Lewis{u2019}s earlier works. In Bareface, Myers supplies background information on this difficult work and suggests reading techniques designed to make it more accessible to general readers. She also presents a fresh approach to Lewis criticism for the enjoyment of specialists. Previous studies have often treated the novel as mere myth, ignoring Lewis{u2019}s effort to present the story of Cupid and Psyche as something that could have happened. Myers emphasizes the historical background, the grounding of the characterizations in modern psychology, and the thoroughly realistic narrative presentation. She identifies key books in ancient and medieval literature, history, and philosophy that influenced Lewis{u2019}s thinking as well as pointing out a previously unnoticed affinity with William James. From this context, a clearer understanding of Till We Have Faces can emerge. Approached in this way, the work can be seen as a realistic twentieth-century novel using modernist techniques such as the unreliable narrator and the manipulation of time. The major characters fit neatly into William James{u2019}s typology of religious experience, and Orual, the narrator-heroine, also develops the kind of personal maturity described by Carl Jung. At the same time, both setting and plot provide insights into the ancient world and pre-Christian modes of thought. Organized to facilitate browsing according to the reader{u2019}s personal interests and needs, this study helps readers explore this complex and subtle novel in their own way. Containing fresh insights that even the most experienced Lewis scholar will appreciate, Bareface is an accomplishment worthy of Lewis{u2019}s lifelong contemplation."--Publishers website
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Myers, Doris T
Dewey number
823/.912
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6023.E926
LC item number
T5436 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Eros
  • Mythology, Greek, in literature
  • Psychology in literature
  • Psyche
  • Lewis, C. S.
Label
Bareface : a guide to C.S. Lewis's last novel, Doris T. Myers
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-244) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "Bareface"--why a book about a book -- Part I. Chapter by chapter. Book 1. The way it all happened. Ch. 1. Welcome to Glome -- Ch. 2. Enter Psyche -- Ch. 3. Hard times in Glome -- Ch. 4. Psyche the accursed -- Ch. 5. The condemnation of Psyche -- Ch. 6. Fighting for Psyche -- Ch. 7. The night before the offering -- Ch. 8. Psyche is gone -- Ch. 9. Life without Psyche -- Ch. 10. Over to the other side -- Ch. 11. Mixed emotions -- Ch. 12. Guesses--and a glimpse -- Ch. 13. Orual's soul-searching -- Ch. 14. Back to the mountain -- Ch. 15. Meeting the god -- Ch. 16. Waiting and building -- Ch. 17. The queen grows stronger -- Ch. 18. The eve of the battle -- Ch. 19. Triumph and sorrow -- Ch. 20. The queen's resumé -- Ch. 21. What happened in Essur -- Book 2. What really happened. Ch. 1. Reality check -- Ch. 2. Who is Ungit? -- Ch. 3. The book at the bottom of the soul -- Ch. 4. Face to face at last -- Conclusion: The soul's journey -- Part II. Further in Apuleius and Lewis. Chronology of Lewis's life -- Glome, a real place--more or less -- The holy--Lewis and Otto -- James and conversion -- Myth--a definition -- Names in Glome -- The new psychology -- Pagan religions -- Plato--banished from Glome -- Stoicism--the faith of the fox -- Time in Till we have faces -- Part III. Glossary
Control code
53191697
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 257 pages
Isbn
9780826214973
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003024715
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Bareface : a guide to C.S. Lewis's last novel, Doris T. Myers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-244) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: "Bareface"--why a book about a book -- Part I. Chapter by chapter. Book 1. The way it all happened. Ch. 1. Welcome to Glome -- Ch. 2. Enter Psyche -- Ch. 3. Hard times in Glome -- Ch. 4. Psyche the accursed -- Ch. 5. The condemnation of Psyche -- Ch. 6. Fighting for Psyche -- Ch. 7. The night before the offering -- Ch. 8. Psyche is gone -- Ch. 9. Life without Psyche -- Ch. 10. Over to the other side -- Ch. 11. Mixed emotions -- Ch. 12. Guesses--and a glimpse -- Ch. 13. Orual's soul-searching -- Ch. 14. Back to the mountain -- Ch. 15. Meeting the god -- Ch. 16. Waiting and building -- Ch. 17. The queen grows stronger -- Ch. 18. The eve of the battle -- Ch. 19. Triumph and sorrow -- Ch. 20. The queen's resumé -- Ch. 21. What happened in Essur -- Book 2. What really happened. Ch. 1. Reality check -- Ch. 2. Who is Ungit? -- Ch. 3. The book at the bottom of the soul -- Ch. 4. Face to face at last -- Conclusion: The soul's journey -- Part II. Further in Apuleius and Lewis. Chronology of Lewis's life -- Glome, a real place--more or less -- The holy--Lewis and Otto -- James and conversion -- Myth--a definition -- Names in Glome -- The new psychology -- Pagan religions -- Plato--banished from Glome -- Stoicism--the faith of the fox -- Time in Till we have faces -- Part III. Glossary
Control code
53191697
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 257 pages
Isbn
9780826214973
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2003024715
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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