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ERIC Number: ED176347
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Pages: 18
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Oral Interpretation of C.S. Lewis'"Narnia Tales": A Refracting of "Pictures."
Keefe, Carolyn
"The Chronicles of Narnia" are a series of seven fairy tales written by C.S. Lewis that have become popular with both children and adults. Lewis points to five aspects of the fairy tale form that made the form suitable for expressing the images he saw. The aspects are: (1) no love interest; (2) no close psychology; (3) severe restraints on description; (4) flexible traditionalism; and (5) an inflexible hostility to all analysis, digression, and reflections. These characteristics of the fairy tale are also useful for oral interpretation since hearers do not want to bog down in excessive probing of the psyche, nor in detailed description, nor in digression. The Narnia tales also contain Christian moral-theological themes which are inherent to the stories. As a vehicle for the oral interpreter the books of Narnia are especially of interest because the stories are so capable of inspiring awe and devotion. (MKM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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