Düstere Aussichten – Margaret Atwoods imaginative Expeditionen in das Unwohnliche"- </I>Symposium 27. und 28. September 2014 in Düren
Inklings was the name of a group of Oxford scholars and writers whose best-known members were J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The German Inklings-Gesellschaft, founded in 1983, is dedicated to the discussion and dissemination of their works and of writers commonly associated with them and to the study of the fantastic in literature, film and the arts in general. The proceedings of the annual Inklings conferences are being published in yearbooks. This volume contains nine papers presented at the 2014 conference on Dark Visions – Margaret Atwood’s Imaginative Travels into the Regions of the Uncomfortable. The contributions deal with Atwood’s novels and also with the role of the North in literature at large. In addition, there are five general articles and numerous reviews.
C.S. Lewis and Chronological Snobbery
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The “chronological snobbery,” which C.S. Lewis confessed to have once practiced before his conversion to Christianity, is “the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited.” He fought this attitude wherever he found it: in the non-directional evolutionism and scientific arrogance of Modernism, in the blind support of technological progress and fashion, in the discrediting of old books and the discarding of moral values in experimental education. It was the Christian belief in an eternal God that furnished him with a non-transitory point of reference and thus a source of independence from chronological snobbery.
Der “chronologische Snobismus”, den C.S. Lewis nach eigener Aussage vor seiner Hinwendung zum christlichen Glauben praktizierte, ist die „Annahme, dass alles, was als nicht mehr zeitgemäß gilt, aus diesem Grund nichts mehr wert ist. “ Er bekä mpfte diese Haltung, wo immer er ihr begegnete: in dem richtungslosen Evolutionismus und der Wissenschaftsarroganz des Modernismus, in der blinden Befürwortung des technischen Fortschritts und der Mode, in der Diskreditierung alter Bücher und der Streichung moralischer Werte in der experimentellen Erziehung. Dagegen fand er in dem christlichen Glauben an einen ewigen Gott einen festen Orientierungspunkt und damit die Unabhängigkeit vom chronologischen Snobismus.
What is snobbery? We all have notions of what a snob is – an arrogant person who turns up his nose on those whom he considers inferior; a parvenu perhaps, whose conspicuous consumption cannot deceive us about his humble origins; or...
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