Seven: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center


Announcing 38.2 -- Open Access Literary Review Supplement (Online Only)


Volume 38.2 constitutes the open-access online literary review supplement to Volume 38, published in June of 2022. The eight reviews and three book notes featured here are available to any reader without the requirement of a subscription and cover recent books published about C.S. Lewis, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Find them at the bottom of the page for Volume 38.

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Volume 38 (2021/2022)

Literary scholarship has the potential to illuminate literature in diverse ways. In this volume of VII, scholars shine the lights of their research and analysis in three particular directions: toward authors’ lives, toward authors’ thought, and toward authors’ work.

Volume 38 of VII features a letter from the eminent Swiss theologian Karl Barth to Dorothy L. Sayers, translated into English for the first time. As translator of this and of Barth’s foreword to the German edition of The Greatest Drama Ever Staged, David W. McNutt illuminates the two writers’ little-known interaction, showing how their thinking and their brief epistolary relationship shaped them both.

Also in this volume, Graham Shea and Doug Jackson turn the lights of their scholarship onto the work of J.R.R. Tolkien in two separate articles, giving new texture to old legends about the author and demonstrating how Tolkien, in creating worlds beyond our lived experiences, illuminated some of the deepest truths of human existence. David Rozema dives into C.S. Lewis’s unfinished, but still disputed and disparaged, novel The Dark Tower, shining a light into the recesses of one of Lewis’s darkest writings to find the value that lies there. And Landon Loftin scours the work of Owen Barfield to reveal how his philosophies of nature and humanity oriented him toward meaning-making in a context that despaired of hope and purpose.

Volume 38 also contains many images that shine in full color here in this digital format.

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Published: 2022-11-23


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The annual journal of the Marion E. Wade Center provides an interdisciplinary forum for discussion of the lives and works of the seven Wade authors.

In 1980, Dr. Barbara ReynoldsDr. Clyde S. Kilby, and Dr. Beatrice Batson founded VII: Journal of the Marion E. Wade Center. For over thirty years, this peer-reviewed academic journal has promoted awareness of the seven authors of the Wade Center, as well as encouraged critical assessment of their numerous and diverse works. VII is designed for both the general and specialized reader and offers a particular emphasis on the literary, philosophical, religious, and historical aspects of the authors and their writings, including those which remain unpublished.

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Reviews of VII

"VII will be of enormous interest to anyone who cares about English literature and, particularly, about fine literature which is also Christian."
Madeleine L'Engle

"The seven writers highlighted in this journal were by no means artists for art's sake: they were idea-oriented, involved always with perennial matters. Their deepest concerns are still our concerns, and VII promises to conduct an interdisciplinary dialog of major significance."
Modern Language Review