An Experiment in Criticism

C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism (Cambridge, 1961)

C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 1961)


April 28, 2023

“An Experiment in Criticism” by C.S. Lewis

These days everyone is a critic. The internet is filled with—some might say “fueled” by—criticism of movies, books, art, society, everything. Over six decades ago, C.S. Lewis recognized and warned us that the wrong kind of critical posture can turn us not only into cynics but into cultural and ideological puritans. In this week’s episode, Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing sit down with Producer Aaron Hill to discuss Lewis’s book on this very topic titled, An Experiment in Criticism (1961). How does Lewis define good criticism? What makes differentiates a good reader from a bad one? And how can we apply the principle of receptivity to not just literature but life?


Aug 7, 2020

The Neglected C.S. Lewis w/ Jerry Root

If you are a serious C.S. Lewis fan, you likely know and love The Chronicles of Narnia, the Ransom Trilogy, and apologetics books such as Mere Christianity. But have you readThe Discarded Image or An Experiment in Criticism? In this week’s episode, Dr. Jerry Root discusses his latest book, The Neglected C.S. Lewis, with Drs. Crystal and David C. Downing. Jerry Root explains what we can learn about C.S. Lewis by reading his neglected works, especially those on literary criticism, and how those insights can illuminate Lewis’s popular fiction.


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