• 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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  • Volume 37 (2020)

    Our usual practice is to publish the print and digital versions of our new volume of VII simultaneously. However, this year we have made an exception due to our desire to make a number of remembrances available as timely as possible. As a result, the digital version of volume 37 of VII is now available online while our print version will not ship until sometime in January 2021. However, subscribers still have the option to order either the digital or print version (or both) of volume 37.

    Volume 37 explores several works by Wade authors: Owen Barfield, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Additionally, many articles in this issue consider the work of these authors in relation to one another.

    Josiah Peterson and Charlie W. Starr share their discovery of unpublished notes that formed the basis for C.S. Lewis’s “Paper on Reason to the Socratic Club.” Tiffany Brooke Martin explores a timely and terrifying short story, Night Operation, by Owen Barfield that “deserve[s] to be better known.” Toby F. Coley analyzes the sacramental ontology woven into Lewis’s final novel in the Ransom Trilogy, That Hideous Strength; while David Bratman traces the history of Tolkien’s Lost Road and Lewis’s enigmatic references to Numenor in That Hideous Strength. Finally, Harry Lee Poe decodes Dorothy L. Sayers prodigious insights into Edgar Allan Poe's contributions to detective fiction, and Don W. King unpacks the gift of Warren H. Lewis housed at the Marion E. Wade Center, The Lewis Family Papers.

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  • Volume 36 (2019)

    Volume 36 features previously unpublished content and articles related to two important figures from the life of C.S. Lewis: Dr. Robert E. Havard and Joy Davidman. First, Sarah O’Dell analyzes Havard’s unedited appendix to C.S. Lewis’s The Problem of Pain, examining how Lewis edited this note on “Pain and Behaviour in Medical Practice” written by his close friend, fellow Inkling, and personal physician. Next, Andrew Barron discusses the centrality of Joy Davidman Lewis’s Jewishness on her sense of identity. Accompanying his article is Davidman’s previously unpublished sermon fragment and notes titled “Chosen for What? (The Problem of the Christian Jew).”

    This issue also includes in-depth articles about our core authors and their literary work. Joel Heck argues that C.S. Lewis’s work on the Anglican Commission to Revise the Psalter was “the crowning achievement of his public church life.” Mike Wilhelm explores the ways in which George MacDonald utilizes imagery from Dante in his novel Lilith “to bring repentance to a young Victorian mind stunted by scientism.” Finally, visit VII’s online home to read an intriguing theory about the real-life inspiration for the character of Jane Studdock in That Hideous Strength by David C. Downing as well as a number of book reviews.

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