The Inklings and King Arthur

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The Inklings and King Arthur:
J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain
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AuthorSørina Higgins, editor
PublisherApocryphile Press
Released22 December 2017

The Inklings and King Arthur: J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain is a collection of scholarly essays edited by Sørina Higgins on the Matter of Britain.

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Will King Arthur ever return to England? He already has.

In the midst of war-torn Britain, King Arthur returned in the writings of the Oxford Inklings. Learn how J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield brought hope to their times and our own in their Arthurian literature.

Although studies of the "Oxford Inklings" abound, astonishingly enough, none has yet examined their great body of Arthurian work. Yet each of these major writers tackled serious and relevant questions about government, gender, violence, imperialism, secularism, and spirituality through their stories of the Quest for the Holy Grail. This rigorous and sophisticated volume studies does so for the first time.

Contents[edit | edit source]

  • Introduction—Present and Past: The Inklings and King Arthur
    • by Sørina Higgins
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Inventory of Inklings Arthuriana

Texts and Intertexts

  • 1. The Matter of Logres: Arthuriana and the Inklings
  • 2. Medieval Arthurian Sources for the Inklings: An Overview
  • 3. Mixed Metaphors and Hyperlinked Worlds: A Study of Intertextuality in C.S. Lewis' Ransom Cycle
    • Brenton D.G. Dickieson
  • 4. Houses of Healing: The Idea ov Avalon in Inklings Fiction and Poetry
    • Charles A. Huttar
  • 5. Shape and Direction: Human Consciousness in the Inklings' Mythological Geographies
    • Christopher Gaertner

Histories Past

  • 6. From Myth to History and Back Again: Inklings Arthuriana in Historical Context
    • by Yannick Imbert
  • 7. "All Men Live by Tales": Chesterton's Arthurian Poems
    • J. Cameron Moore
  • 8. The Elegiac Fantasy of Past Christedom in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fall of Arthur
    • by Cory Grewell

Histories Present

  • 9. Spiritual Quest in a Scientific Age
    • by Jason Jewell and Chris Butynskyi
  • 10. The Stripped Banner: Reading The Fall of Arthur as a Post-World War I Text
    • by Taylor Driggers
  • 11. "Lilacs Out of the Dead Land": Narnia, The Waste Land, and the World Wars
    • by Jon Hooper
  • 12. "What Does the Line along the Rivers Define?": Charles Williams' Arthuriad and the Rhetoric Empire
    • by Benjamin D. Utter

Geographies of Gender

  • 13. "Fair as Fay-woman and Fell-minded": Tolkien's Guinever
    • by Alyssa House-Thomas
  • 14. Beatrice and Byzantium: Sex and the City in the Arthurian Works of Charles Williams
    • by Andrew Rasmussen
  • 15. Those Kings of Lewis' Logres: Arthurian Figures as Lewisian Genders in The Hideous Strength
    • by Benjamin Shogren

Cartographies of the Spirit

  • 16. "Servant of All": Arthurian Peregrinations in George MacDonald
  • 17. Camelot Incarnate: Arthurian Vision in the Early Plays of Charles Williams
    • by Bradley Wells
  • 18. "Any Chalice of Consecrated Wine": The Significance of the Holy Grail in Charles Williams' War in Heaven
    • by Suzanne Bray
  • The Acts of Unity: The Eucharistic Theology of Charles Williams' Arthurian Poetry
    • by Andrew C. Stout
  • Conclusion—Once and Future: The Inklings, Arthur, and Prophetic Insight
    • by Malcolm Guite
  • Bibliographies
    • Arthurian Sources
    • Works by the Inklings
    • Secondary Studies
  • About the Contributions