Readers the world over have fallen in love with the Narnia books and taken numerous lessons about life, God, and general morality from their reading. But is there a deeper method and unity to the symbolism Lewis is employing throughout the series? Come explore these possibilities as we venture through Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, paying closer attention to the various myths, symbols, and themes that he employs in each of them and across the series. This camp will be led by Dr. Cory Grewell, a PHC Literature professor who has delivered lectures and published academic work on Lewis and the Inklings. You will be best served by having read The Chronicles, but even if you’ve not finished the series, you will be blessed by an exploration of Lewis’s signature works of “adolescent” fairy story.
Dr. Cory Grewell teaches classes in Western Literature, British Literature, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, and Literary Criticism at Patrick Henry College. He has published work on Owen Barfield and J.R.R. Tolkien as well as Contemporary Medievalism and Noir Fiction. His scholarly interests are Christianity and Literature, especially the imaginative intersection between reading, writing, and participating in the Being of God; Renaissance Drama; Detective Fiction; and the works of the Inklings, especially Owen Barfield. His essay on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur, entitled “The Elegaic Fantasy of Past Christendom” featured in the book Inklings and Arthur won the Mythopoeic Society’s award for best Scholarly Book of the Year in Inklings Studies. Outside of academics, Dr. Grewell enjoys golf, baseball, and longform TV drama. He lives in Northern Virginia with his lovely wife, two handsome and charming sons, and cantankerous dachshund Gatsby.