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David Rozema, Inklings of Things Unseen: Philosophical Essays on Literature

David Rozema, Inklings of Things Unseen: Philosophical Essays on Literature Journal of Inklings Studies Nagoya, Japan: Chisokudō Publications, 2022. 377 pp. ISBN: 979-8-413-67888-6. The first order of business is to temper expectations for readers of this journal. The word Inklings in the book’s title is not indicative of the subject matter of its sixteen essays. Charles Williams is never mentioned; Owen Barfield, only once (18). G.K. Chesterton plays a significant role in chapter 12, ‘Cosmic Patriotism’, and J.R.R. Tolkien is the focus of chapter 11, ‘Tolkien, Jackson, and “the Core of the Original”’, a well-argued critique of Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings that gains its force from demonstrating how the films minimise or erase the emphasis on the three theological virtues present in the text. The only Inkling repeatedly discussed in-depth is C.S. Lewis, who is essential to chapters 1 (‘The Abolition and Preservation of Man’), 3 (‘Wittgenstein and Lewis on Facts and Meanings’), 4 (‘C.S. Lewis and the Transformative Power of (Theory-Free) Literature’), 8 (‘The Republic and the Red Planet’), 9 (‘The Meeting of Two Myths: Plato and Lewis on “the Original Sin”’), and 10 (‘Inside-out or Outside-in? Lewis, Dostoyevsky, and Plato on “The New Man”’). Lewis also appears briefly in chapters 2 and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Inklings Studies Edinburgh University Press

David Rozema, Inklings of Things Unseen: Philosophical Essays on Literature

Journal of Inklings Studies , Volume 12 (2): 4 – Oct 1, 2022

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Journal of Inklings Studies Nagoya, Japan: Chisokudō Publications, 2022. 377 pp. ISBN: 979-8-413-67888-6. The first order of business is to temper expectations for readers of this journal. The word Inklings in the book’s title is not indicative of the subject matter of its sixteen essays. Charles Williams is never mentioned; Owen Barfield, only once (18). G.K. Chesterton plays a significant role in chapter 12, ‘Cosmic Patriotism’, and J.R.R. Tolkien is the focus of chapter 11, ‘Tolkien, Jackson, and “the Core of the Original”’, a well-argued critique of Peter Jackson’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings that gains its force from demonstrating how the films minimise or erase the emphasis on the three theological virtues present in the text. The only Inkling repeatedly discussed in-depth is C.S. Lewis, who is essential to chapters 1 (‘The Abolition and Preservation of Man’), 3 (‘Wittgenstein and Lewis on Facts and Meanings’), 4 (‘C.S. Lewis and the Transformative Power of (Theory-Free) Literature’), 8 (‘The Republic and the Red Planet’), 9 (‘The Meeting of Two Myths: Plato and Lewis on “the Original Sin”’), and 10 (‘Inside-out or Outside-in? Lewis, Dostoyevsky, and Plato on “The New Man”’). Lewis also appears briefly in chapters 2 and

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Journal of Inklings StudiesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2022

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