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C. S. Lewis in Japan

May 7th, 2007 | Skip to comments

I am excited to note that my original scholarly work on C. S. Lewis, A Rhetoric of Reading, out of print in the U.S. since the early 1990s, has been updated and translated into Japanese by my friend, Kyoko Yuasa.

Kyoko is a wonderful CSL scholar from Sapporo, Japan, who took my C. S. Lewis Foundation-sponsored Kilns seminar on Lewis in 2005. This is the cover (that’s my name in Japanese in bold black in the very middle of the cover, which opens left to right). This book, drawn from my 1981 dissertation on Lewis’s literary theory is about Lewis’s defense of traditional Western thinking about reason, rationality, and the ability of human beings not only to understand each other, but also God through speech, writing, and text. Because of Lewis’s growing popularity in Japan because of Narnia, Kyoko thought it was important for Japanese readers to be exposed to Lewis’s argumentation about this and as well as the sidebar of the validity of faith.

Thus, through Kyoko’s fine efforts, “the popular author of Narnia” is about to be introduced as a major thinker and writer on topics other than witches, Lions, wardrobes, and fauns! I am thrilled by Kyoko’s work, and especially about this work being available to a whole set of new readers who may not only discover Lewis as a versatile and formidable writer, but also the ultimate Author who made Lewis, as well as you and me. God is good.


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