Here are the links to all the blogs about my basic theory, so you can follow my train of reasoning easily – well, as easily as possible!
With Hands Open : Introductory post about the blog’s name and how I became interested in Lewis and gender.
Why the Eldila? : Focuses on why Lewis may have chosen to address gender on various planets, and use the eldila as signifying the “true meaning of gender.”
Similarity Before Difference: Since Lewis wrote about similarities first, maybe we should look at them first . . .
Different and Integral: Rhythm and Melody: First contrast between masculinity and femininity
Different and Untranslatable: Quantitative and Accentual Metre: Second contrast between masculinity and femininity
Something Like a Spear and Hands Open: The crux of the matter: Posture as a metaphor for gender
The Arch Metaphor: Role does not signify worth; justice rather than equality
Something Like a Spear?: Masculinity revisited
Masculinity Revisited Again: So, it really was a spear . . .
The Ransom Trilogy and Maturity: Why I call it the Ransom Trilogy, albeit reluctantly.
A Second Danaë: why I think Lewis may have planted the seeds of masculinity and femininity in Ransom on the ship.
Preface to Paradise Lost: I’m just beginning to understand how much Milton impacted Lewis as he wrote the last two books of the trilogy . . .
Musings on the Trilogy Theme: I think the main theme has to do with growth in a given direction, and gender is a part of that rather than the whole.
Metaphors and Meaning: Weirdly titled essay may explain why Lewis turned to fiction.
Femininity + Masculinity = Fertility: Lewis echoes Milton by having femininity surround masculinity. The result, obviously, is fertility. It may sound weird at first, but, I swear, it’s in the text.
Lewis vs. Milton: Rule and Submission Before the Fall: Milton pictures rule and subjection as part of the created order, Lewis seems to disagree.
All Good Masters Are Servants: A look at submission as human rather than feminine.
A Quick Summary: Well, that seems pretty clear.
Gender in the Wardrobe: An overview of gender in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Peter and Edmund: How I see Peter and Edmund as representatives of masculinity.
Lucy as Feminine: Lucy as an example of mature femininity.
Did Susan Grow Up?: Susan as an example of immature femininity.
Mary, Joseph, Jesus and Open Hands: How Mary, Joseph, and Jesus all exemplify the submissive part of open hands. Not really Lewis related.
Symbolism and Allegory: Thoughts on how the trilogy may be both symbolism and allegory.
Thoughts on Chivalry: Non-essential. Thoughts about Lewis’s essay ‘The Necessity of Chivalry’
Journal Article: They didn’t print it, so I thought I’d put it up here . . . It’s a scholarly all-in-one-place summary of my basic premise about Lewis and gender.
Why So Much Gold?: I think it’s the answer to the puzzling question of why the word gold or golden appears seven times on one page.