Term of Award

Spring 2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

Julia Griffin

Committee Member 1

Mary Villeponteaux

Committee Member 2

Howard Keeley


C.S. Lewis’ last novel, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold, has often been regarded as his greatest work, but just as often as his most enigmatic work. The purpose of this thesis is to unveil much of the novel’s mystery by considering the impact Renaissance literature had in shaping the novel, most notably Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene. Although it is well-known that Lewis was Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge, current scholarship on Lewis has overlooked the Renaissance influence in the author’s work, which particularly plays a vital role in Till We Have Faces. By considering Lewis’ own scholarly work, such as his influential essay on Spenser’s Faerie Queene in The Allegory of Love, and his evaluation on The Four Loves, this thesis seeks to elucidate Lewis’ last novel by realizing that its major ideas are embedded in Renaissance literature.

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