David C. Downing
R. W. Schlosser Professor of English



608 Antler Drive
Lewisberry, PA 17339
W: (717) 361-1381        
H: (717) 932-1241        


B. A.           Westmont College, 1973    Valedictorian
M. A.           University of California at Los Angeles, 1975 (English)
Ph.D.           University of California at Los Angeles, 1977 (English)


1974-1977        Teaching Fellow, Freshman Composition, UCLA
1977-1983        Assistant Professor, Department of English, 
                        Westmont College
1983-1989        Associate Professor, Department of English, 
                        Westmont College
1989-1994        Professor, Department of English, Westmont College
1994-2001        Associate Professor, English Department, 
                       Elizabethtown College
2001-2003        R.  W. Schlosser Associate Professor of English
                        Elizabethtown College
2003-                R. W. Schlosser  Professor of English
                        Elizabethtown College


Critical Introduction and Annotations: The Pilgrim’s Regress by C. S. Lewis: The Wade Center Annotated Edition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, September 2014. Forthcoming.


Invited contributor: Foreword, Ten Books that Shaped C. S. Lewis. Ed. by David Werther. Bloomsbury Press, 2014. Forthcoming.


Invited contributor: “C. S. Lewis as Spiritual Mentor.” In The C. S. Lewis Legacy. Ed. by Bruce Johnson.  Sehnsucht Press, 2014. Forthcoming.


Essay: “Beauty is in the ‘I’ of the Beholder.” In C. S. Lewis and the Arts. Ed. by Rod Miller. Square Halo Press, 2013.


Plenary speaker: “Journey to Joy: C. S. Lewis and The Pilgrim’s Regress.” F. W. Ewbank Colloquium, Taylor University, June 2012.


Book chapter: “Dantean Echoes in A Grief Observed,” in The Inklings: Questions of Identity (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012).


Article: “C. S. Lewis’s Easley Fragment and his Unfinished Journey,” Seven: An Anglo-American Review, October 2011.


Invited speaker and book signing: “Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy,” The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar, Richmond, VA, September 10, 2011.


Presentation: “A Grief Obscured: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s

         Experiences of Bereavement and Hope.”

         University of Lille, France. June 2011.


Seminar leader: “C. S. Lewis as Fiction Writer.” Weeklong seminar. Regent College, Vancouver, B. C. July 2011.


Book: Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel (San Francisco: Ignatius

          Press, November 2010).



·         “A superbly gripping novel.” Joseph Pearce, St. Austin Review

  • A beguiling and enjoyable read—laced throughout with romance, wry humor, and questions of eternal consequence.”                 Marjorie Lamp Mead, Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College     
  • “All Inklings lovers will be delighted!” Thomas Howard, author, Chance or the Dance
  • “I couldn’t put it down!” Peter J. Schakel, author, The Way into Narnia
  • Interviews at National Review Online, NarniaFans, IgnatiusInsight.



Narnia film reviews online:

·         Films that Tread into Narnia

·         “The Missing Storyteller in ‘the Voyage of the Dawn Treader’”

·         “Prince Caspian: Dialog in the Lobby”


Booksigning: A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy.

          Gettysburg National Park Battlefield Museum, June 27, 2009.


Stories: “A Feast of Reason and a Flow of Soul: A Cycle of Inklings 

Stories.’ CSL: The Bulletin of the C. S. Lewis Society (March 2009-December 2009).


Blog: C. S. Lewis.com, a website sponsored by Harper Collins.

·         The Underworld in Virgil’s Aeneid and C. S. Lewis’s

 The Silver Chair” April 2011

·         “The Art of the Thank You Note” December 2010

·         “How C. S. Lewis ‘Prefutes’ Stephen Hawking” Sept 2010

·         “The Sound and Savor of Words” July 2010

·         “A Mentor by Mail” January 2010

·         “A Picture-Perfect Look at the Inklings’ Oxford” July 2009

·         “Parables for Pilgrims” November 2008

·         “Prince Caspian: Dialog in the Lobby” May 2008

·         “Making Righteousness Readable” March 2008

·         “Word-pictures for the Word Made Flesh” November 2007


Invited speaker and book-signing: "Dissidents in the Confederacy”

  • High Library, Elizabethtown College, October 17, 2007
  • The National Civil War Museum, January 16, 2008
  • Elizabethtown Masonic Lodge, March 15, 2008
  • Harrisburg Civil War Round Table, April 25, 2008
  • Phi Alpha Theta Annual Banquet, May 2, 2008
  • Shippensburg Civil War Round Table, January 9, 2010.


Book: A South Divided: Portraits of Dissent in the Confederacy (Nashville: Cumberland House, 2007).

·         Nominated for the Lincoln Prize, sponsored by the Civil War Institute, Gettysburg College

·         “A fascinating and long-overdue book.” Tyler Tichelaar (Civil War novelist) in Reader Views

·         “A thoroughly engrossing ‘must-read’ contribution to Civil War history shelves.” Midwest Book Review

·         “Not just another Civil War book. Read and enjoy.” Civil War News


Book chapters: “Rehabilitating H. G. Wells: Out of the Silent Planet”;   Perelandra: A Tale of Paradise Retained”; “That Hideous Strength: Spiritual Wickedness in High Places.”  In C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. Ed. by Bruce L. Edwards. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2007.


Essay: “Bedtime Stories and Lifetime Stories.” In The Lion and the Land of Narnia. Ed. by Robert Cording (Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2008).


Article: “C. S. Lewis and the Region of Awe,” Conversations: A Forum for Authentic Transformation. Vol. 6:1 (Summer 2008), 64-68.


Invited speaker and booksigning: "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Book and the Film,"

  • “2007 Wildwood Writers Festival,” Harrisburg, PA.
  • “Conference on Faith and Imagination,” Vancouver, B. C.,      October 12, 2007
  • “C. S. Lewis in the 21st Century,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, January 26, 2008.


Interview/podcasts: "The Spiritual Journey of C. S. Lewis" and "C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles."

Two half-hour radio interview/podcasts with Brent Siddall of Trans World Radio in London. April 2007.

Book: Into the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis and the Narnia Chronicles. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.             

·         Recommended as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year on C. S. Lewis in Christianity Today.

·         Reviews or author interviews in U. S. News & World Report, Christian Century, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, San Antonio Express-News, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Calgary Herald, Toronto Globe & Mail, and dozens of local and regional newspapers and journals.

  • Interviewed on National Public Radio (Philadelphia), as well as radio stations in Chicago, Seattle, Phoenix, Omaha, Detroit, Orlando, Milwaukee, Washington D. C., and St. Louis.
  • Lectures and book signings at conferences or bookstores in Oxford, England; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Harrisburg, York, Camp Hill, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.
  • Translated into Korean, Japanese, Polish.


Sample Chapter: “What’s in a Narnian Name?”

Book: Into the Region of Awe: Mysticism in C. S. Lewis. Chicago, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.           

  • Recommended as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year on C. S. Lewis in Christianity Today.
  • Reviews or author interviews in Books & Culture, Mythprint, Reformation Journal, Library Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Modesto Bee, and many other regional newspapers and journals.
  • Interviewed on radio stations in Washington D. C., Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.
  • Released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio and an mp3 on Audiobooks.


Sample Chapter: “Christian Mysticism as Lewis Knew It”

Book: The Most Reluctant Convert: C. S. Lewis's Journey to Faith.
Chicago, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

  • Awarded a Clyde S. Kilby Research Grant, Wade Special Collections Center, Wheaton, Illinois.         
  • Named one of the Top Ten Books of the 2002 in the category of  Religion by the American Library Association.
  • 2002 Gold Medal Finalist, Christian Publishers Association.
  • Featured author at book-signing party at the Christian Booksellers Association, Indianapolis, January 31, 2002.
  • Television interview in Indianapolis; radio interviews with stations KFUO (Kansas), WWJC (Minnesota), KNEO (Missouri), KIXL (Texas), KSIV (St. Louis),  WWIB (Wisconsin), WPTT (Pittsburgh), Uninews (syndicated), WDEO (Detroit), KDOV (Oregon), and TWR (London)
  • Included in Amazon.com’s Top 50 Bestsellers, April 2002.
  • Translated into Italian, Korean, and Portuguese.
  • Released as an audiobook by Blackstone Audio.


Sample chapter: “Finding Truth in the Old Beliefs”

Book chapter: "Science Fiction," Reading the Classics with C. S. Lewis, ed. by Thomas L. Martin. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book, 2000.

Article: "From Ogre to Buffoon: Uncle Andrew in Magician's Nephew
    as a Portrait of Robert Capron," CSL: The Bulletin of the New York      C. S. Lewis Society. December 2000, 1-7.

Article: "'The Torch of Civilization': C. S. Lewis on War and Peace." 
    The Canadian C. S. Lewis Journal,  Spring 1999, 18-26.

Article: "'The Dungeon of His Soul': Lewis's Unfinished 'Quest of
    Bleheris,'" Seven: An Anglo-American Review, Volume 17 

Article: "The Discarded Mage: Lewis the Scholar-Novelist on Merlin's 
    Moral Taint." Christian Scholars Review. 27:4 (Summer 1998), 

Article: "From Pillar to Post-modernism: C. S. Lewis and Current 
   Critical Discourse," Christianity and Literature Vol 46 (Winter 
   1997), 169-178. Rpt. Books and Culture, November 1998

Essays: "The Way We Word."  (Column on curious names and word 
    origins in Elizabethtown magazine). Rpt. in The Harrisburg 
   Patriot-News, Lancaster Intelligencer and the Mifflinburg 
   County Register.





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