Dr. Don King








Professor of English
310 Gaither Circle
Montreat College
Montreat, NC 28757 
dking@montreat.edu


The study of literature is central to a liberal arts education. This page lists the literature classes that I teach here, other literary interests I have, and information on how to contact me. By the way if you are a student considering Montreat College, welcome! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Also, see The Ruth Pitter Project and The Joy Davidman Project. 

Publications:

  

 
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Classes:

The following are classes that I teach on a regular basis at Montreat College. You can find syllabi, handouts, class notes, and interesting links to other related sites.




 Christian Scholar's Review
 

English 104
Introduction to Literary Studies

 

English 201  
Survey of English Literature, 1

 

English 202
Survey of English Literature, 2

 

English 300
Middle English Literature

 

English 301
Shakespeare

 

English 304
Restoration & 18th Century Literature

 

English 305
Milton

 

English 307
Romantic Literature

 

English 309
Victorian Literature

 

English 319
Renaissance Literature

 

English 324
20th Century British Literature

 

The Imagination and Apologetics of C. S. Lewis
 

English 480
  Special  Studies in C. S. Lewis                     
 

 

English 491
Senior Thesis

 


Other literary interests:

Other than the classes I teach, my chief literary interest lies in the area of C. S. Lewis studies. I have taught numerous classes on Lewis, both in formal academic settings and in more casual Roads Scholars programs,

church retreats, and Sunday School settings. I will be glad to share notes and ideas. During the summers of 2004, 2009, and 2019 I taught courses on Lewis at his home, the Kilns, located just outside Oxford. For more information, click C. S. Lewis Foundation Summer Seminars in Residence 2004Summer Seminars in Residence 2009, and Summer Seminars in Residence 2019.
 

My books on Lewis are C. S. Lewis, Poet:  The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse (Kent State University Press, 2001), Plain to the Inward Eye: Selected Essays on C. S. Lewis (Abilene Christian University Press, 2013), and The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis: A Critical Edition (Kent State UP, 2015).

My books on Ruth Pitter, the poet who influenced Lewis quite a bit, are Hunting the Unicorn:  A Critical Biography of Ruth Pitter (Kent State UP, 2008), The Letters of Ruth Pitter: Silent Music (University of Delaware Press, 2014), and Sudden Heaven: The Collected Poems of Ruth Pitter, A Critical Edition (Kent State UP, 2018). See also The Ruth Pitter Project (http://sites.montreat.edu/faculty/don-king/ruth-pitter-project).

My books on Joy Davidman are Out of My Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans, 2009), A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis and Other Poems (Eerdmans, 2015), and Yet One More Spring: A Critical Study of Joy Davidman (Eerdmans, 2015); this book was selected by Christianity Today as an awarding winning book for 2016. See also The Joy Davidman Project (http://sites.montreat.edu/faculty/don-king/joy-davidman-project)

Podcast interviews about several of these books are available:

For Out of My Bone, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/out-of-my-bone-the-letters-of-joy-davidman-dr-don-king/

For Hunting the Unicorn, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/ruth-pitter-biography-dr-don-king/ and https://liturgical.wordpress.com/on-ruth-pitter-poet-and-friend-of-cs-lewis/

For Plain to the Inward Eye, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/plain-to-the-inward-eye-dr-don-king/

For The Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis, http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2014/12/15/the-collected-poems-of-c-s-lewis-dr-don-king/

For A Naked Tree and Yet One More Spring, http://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/a-naked-treeyet-one-more-spring-dr-don-king/

Eerdmans' podcast on A Naked Tree and Yet One More Spring, http://eerdword.com/2016/01/20/the-eerdcast-episode-6-don-king/ 

For a podcast with Patti Callahan Henry, author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis, concerning A Naked Tree and Joy's love sonnets to Lewis, see https://www.facebook.com/1181767355/posts/10218881112957142?sfns=mo

For a discussion of C. S. Lewis's poem, Dymer, https://allaboutjack.podbean.com/e/wrl02-dymer/

For discussion of C. S. Lewis's poems in general, Wade Center podcast.

Related Lewis news and conferences:

Each spring my colleague from Union University, Hal Poe, and I--co-founders of the Inklings Fellowship--host an Inklings Retreat here on the campus of Montreat College. For a podcast interview about these weekends, go to http://www.essentialcslewis.com/2015/04/27/inklings-fellowship-2015-panel-discussion/


Every three years the Inklings Fellowship also sponsors an Inklings Week in Oxford. Come join us July 21-26, 2019!

The Presbyterian Heritage Foundation is hosting an international symposium, C. S. Lewis: Influence and Relevance Today, November 6-8, 2019.





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