C.S. Lewis, creativity, scholarship, Richard Wagner
This essay will survey Lewis’s writings and outline the development of his aesthetic ideas in relation to music, emphasizing his enjoyment of Wagner and explaining nuanced references to Wagner throughout Lewis’s works. Moreover, this essay will describe how Lewis’s ideas about God advanced in counterpoint to his ideas about music and how Lewis came to eventually conclude that music is a medium for meeting God. To conclude, I share ways in which Lewis’s ideas have influenced and strengthened my own teaching of Wagner in Music History and Literature classes.
MacInnis, John, ""A Medium for Meeting God": C.S. Lewis and Music (Especially Wagner)" (2016). Faculty Work Comprehensive List. 549.