“The Sword of Damocles”: C.S. Lewis and the Cold War


  • Clark Moreland University of Texas of the Permian Basin


This article looks critically at assertions that Lewis largely ignored global current events and examines the possible influence of the Cold War Era on Lewis’s writing and his perspectives on the Just War theory, as evidenced in such works as The Chronicles of Narnia, the Space Trilogy, and poetry he shared with Owen Barfield.


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Author Biography

  • Clark Moreland, University of Texas of the Permian Basin

    Clark Moreland serves as lecturer of English and director of the Heimmermann Center for Engaged Teaching at the University of Texas Permian Basin, where he earned his MA in 2005. He is a recipient of the University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2023 he was elected as a fellow of the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He has published on Edgar Allan Poe and has forthcoming publications on Harriet Jacobs and Martin Luther King Jr. He is the author of Will: Parenting at the Crossroads of Disability and Joy (2018), a memoir about raising a son with Down syndrome.