posted September 22, 1998

English Professors Publish Articles on C.S. Lewis

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).