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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 45, Issue 1, February 2019

Jon Fennell
Pages 42-54
DOI: 10.5840/traddisc20194515

Author and Reader
Sense-Giving and Sense-Reading in C.S. Lewis’s “Good Reading”

In An Experiment in Criticism, C.S. Lewis demonstrates why, within traditional academic circles, he is best known and most respected for his accomplishments in regard to the study of English literature. Lewis’s important monograph aims to illuminate a new direction in literary criticism, and succeeds marvelously. Interestingly, Lewis’s analysis is paralleled at every turn by Polanyian insights. We have therefore yet a further instance of the intersection of the thought of these two men, and we again wonder at the absence during their lives of recognition of one another.