C.S. Lewis & the Father Wound

17 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2019

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Lynne Marie Kohm

Regent University - School of Law

Date Written: July 12, 2019


This essay combines trends in law and social policy with the life and literature of C. S. Lewis. It presents a new and unique analysis of Lewis’ childhood, connecting his famous works with child and fatherhood concerns facing western civilization today. Examining Lewis' life through a family law social policy lens, the essay works to reveal some significant new considerations about children and the impact fathers have on them throughout their lives. Considering the historical facts of Lewis’ childhood, this essay presents a case that his behavior and writings evidence a degree of father wound, while illustrating how that wound is manifested and healed in some of his most loved fictional work.

Keywords: C.S. Lewis, father wound, family, child, childhood, father absence

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K31

Suggested Citation

Kohm, Lynne Marie, C.S. Lewis & the Father Wound (July 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3419099 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3419099

Lynne Marie Kohm (Contact Author)

Regent University - School of Law ( email )

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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
United States

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