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“Where the Waves Grow Sweet”: From Sea Adventure to Transcendence in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Abstract : The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952) by C.S. Lewis testifies to his life-long fascination with the sea. It can be read like any other sea adventure, in which the water, in its horizontal as well as vertical dimension, is linked to the unknown, a place of adventure and danger, of both freedom and fear, where nature unleashes its power and challenges the explorer. But the sea can likewise be envisaged as a portal to the world of imagination. Thus, travelling towards the unknown opens up the possibility of coming across strange islands, where ordinary rules do not prevail, and a fascinating underworld peopled with mythological monsters and other sea creatures. Finally, the sea can be considered a place of transcendence. The mysterious dimension of the marine space makes it numinous in itself, a part of Lewis’s Sehnsucht or longing for the divine. It also allows the travellers to reach the end of the world and the utter east, and hence works as a gateway to Narnia’s paradise.
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Anne-Frédérique Mochel-Caballero. “Where the Waves Grow Sweet”: From Sea Adventure to Transcendence in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. Fantasy Art and Studies, 2021, 11. ⟨hal-03784545⟩

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