Peter J. Schakel and Charles A. Huttar of the Hope College English faculty are authors of a number of entries in "The C.S. Lewis Readers' Encyclopedia," edited by Jeffrey D. Schultz and John G. West Jr.
The "Encyclopedia," published by Zondervan
Publishing House in August, contains nearly 1,000 short
articles dealing with Lewis, well-known British scholar,
Christian writer, and author of adult fiction and children's
stories. Its entries elucidate each of Lewis's writings as
well as words, ideas, people and places related to Lewis.
More than 40 scholars contributed to the volume.
Schakel contributed entries on "Cupid and Psyche,"
"Friendship," "Reason," "Satire" and "Jonathan Swift." He
also prepared articles on four of Lewis's writings, "Letters
to Malcolm," "On Science Fiction," "Sometimes Fairy Stories
May Say Best What's to be Said" and "Till We Have Faces."
Huttar's entries were on "Angels," "Demons," "Medieval
World" and "`The Psalms.'"
Schakel is the Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor
of English and Chair of the department. He came to Hope in
1969 after a year at the University of Nebraska. He is a
graduate of Central College in Iowa and holds graduate
degrees from Southern Illinois University and the University
of Wisconsin. He is author or editor of four books and many
articles on C.S. Lewis.
Huttar retired in 1996 after teaching at Hope
College for 30 years. He is a graduate of Wheaton College
with a doctorate from Northwestern University. He taught
for a decade at Gordon College before coming to Hope. He
has published extensively on the works of Lewis and Lewis's
friends Charles Williams and J.R.R. Tolkien, including
articles on angels and demons in "Perspectives." He is
currently at work on a book on angels in the literary
Schakel and Huttar have co-edited two books, "Word
and Story in C. S. Lewis" (University of Missouri Press,
1991) and "The Rhetoric of Vision: Essays on Charles
Williams" (Bucknell University Press, 1996).