Unreliable Narrators

Raymond Dokupil and Sophie Klomparens

Unreliable Narrators is a podcast where we discuss media, literature, and the arts and how they relate to Christ, the self, and the world. read less
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S2E7 - That Hideous Strength (Ft. Cynthia Chung)
14-10-2022
S2E7 - That Hideous Strength (Ft. Cynthia Chung)
In this episode, we are joined by editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Rising Tide Foundation, Cynthia Chung. Cynthia has lectured on the topics of Schiller’s aesthetics, Shakespeare’s tragedies, Roman history, and the Florentine Renaissance among other subjects. She is a writer for Strategic Culture Foundation, and is a contributing author to the book series “The Clash of the Two Americas.” In this episode, we discuss C.S. Lewis's concerns about modern education, the threat of scientific dictatorship, the essence of culture, science and magic, and much more as we explore the epic conclusion of Lewis's space trilogy, That Hideous Strength. Time Stamps: 1:24 Cynthia discusses the Rising Tide Foundation 5:47 Cynthia’s background in molecular biology 7:31 The historical backdrop if That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis’s contemporaries 12:10 Discussing The Abolition of Man important to understanding That Hideous Strength 18:23 Was Lewis’s critique of H.G. Wells legitimate? 21:39 Mark Studdock and Bracton College: the progressive Element and the Traditionalist School 23:12 Mark’s obsession with the Inner Ring 27:10 How the N.I.C.E. uses “remedial treatment” on people who oppose them 29:51 The final Inner Ring: the “Head” 35:05 Turning attention to Jane, Mark’s wife, who is having prophetic dreams 37:21 Merlin represents something Britain has lost 40:55 Why did George Orwell critique Lewis for including Merlin in the story? 48:37 The epic climax: The Curse of Babel on the N.I.C.E. 1:01:48 Closing thoughts on the Inner Ring and Tolkien’s “One Ring” 1:05:43 Are the “good guys” in this story just another Inner Ring? Why are they different? 1:12:14 Lewis’s “Logres” 1:13:48 Cynthia’s upcoming projects Rising Tide Foundation: https://risingtidefoundation.net/ Cynthia's Substack: https://cynthiachung.substack.com/ Cynthia's Lecture Series on the Space Trilogy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4W04cnITUI Part 2 of this episode series can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/perelandra/id1594769451?i=1000581106991 Stay tuned for our next episode when we discuss Marvel's 2021 film Spider-Man: No Way Home. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website at unreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast. Our sound designer is Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music at https://soundcloud.com/kappamuse Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf
S2E6 - Perelandra
30-09-2022
S2E6 - Perelandra
In the second installment of C.S. Lewis' epic science fiction trilogy, Ransom is commissioned by Maleldil on a celestial journey to the planet Venus. There, Ransom meets the Green Lady, who plays the role of a second Eve, and confronts a satanic force that is invading Perelandra through the body of his former colleague Weston. Throughout this episode, Sophie and Raymond debate the successes and failures of Lewis' highly ambitious novel. Is the Green Lady's passive role in the story problematic? Did Lewis succeed in his project to imagine an unfallen world? Is the Space Trilogy science-fiction, fantasy, or a little bit of both? Along the way, we contemplate one of the most pressing theological questions of the book: what plan did God have for the human race if we had not originally rebelled against Him? Part 1 of this episode series can be found here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/out-of-the-silent-planet/id1594769451?i=1000565923862 Stay tuned for our next episode when we discuss the final installment of C.S. Lewis' trilogy, That Hideous Strength. Questions? Comments? E-mail us at unreliablenarratorsstoa@gmail.com, visit our website at unreliablenarratorspodcast.wordpress.com, or say hi on Instagram @unreliablenarratorspodcast. Theme music is "No New Words" by Caleb Klomparens. Check out his music at https://soundcloud.com/kappamuse. Access the 2022-2023 Stoa Mars Hill list here: https://stoausa.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Mars-Hill-Topics-2022-2023-1.pdf.