Continues to explore Spenserian parallels in the Space Trilogy, following his work on Perelandra in Mythlore #123. Traces The Faerie Queene’s clear influence on That Hideous Strength, particularly on the characters and relationship of Mark and Jane Studdock, drawing a line connecting Spenser’s intent that his poem should “fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline” to Lewis’s point in The Abolition of Man that modern education produces “men without chests.” Spenser’s Amoret and Scudamour particularly parallel Mark and Jane, and Busirane’s castle as a source for Belbury.
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Mythcon 52: The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien
Albuquerque, New Mexico; July 29 - August 1, 2022