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English (M.A.)

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C. S. Lewis' fiction constantly relies on the depiction of physical place as a key device in addressing largely metaphysical issues and he does so in a way that goes beyond merely creative descriptions of scenery. What makes his use of place descriptions so unique and significant is the function of place as a key component in his theodicy for a post-Christian world. I especially compare Lewis' approach to theodicy in Till We Have Faces with Milton's approach to theodicy in Paradise Lost. My motive for this comparison comes largely from reading Lewis' A Preface to Paradise Lost coupled with the fact that in his post-conversion fiction Lewis shared with Milton a passion for theodicy and made significant use of place as a metaphor for the interconnectedness of the Creature and the Creator via the middle realm of Nature.