Sea Voyages, Storytelling, and Children’s Literature

Overview: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis takes its place among a number of other great sea voyage stories dating back to antiquity. Such beloved stories that have taken center stage within Christian education historically include such classics as The Odyssey and The Aeneid. Within the Christian era, one of the most beloved sea voyages that deeply influenced C. S. Lewis’ The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is The Voyage of St. Brendan. This story tells of the sea voyage of an Irish monastic saint who voyaged to the Isle of the Blessed. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, a similar journey is set forth for children as Prince Caspian, Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace along with their other companions set out on their own journey to the very end of the world.

This Course Seminar is packed with opportunity for educators to grow in their craft of teaching and understanding of literature. Lewis’ work not only exemplifies beauty through the use of the English language – something hard to come by today – but also presents deep allusions and character formation within the story rooted in classical forms of literature. Even more, Lewis offers a deep critique of the modern, secular world in a way that comes alive not only for older children who may be reading the story, but also high school age students and adults alike. Join Dr. Mark Tarpley as he unpacks the riches of this story in light of the treasury of the Patristic literary tradition.

Seminar Expectations:  Participants will need to secure their own personal copy of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Participants are encouraged to read the story prior to the start of the Course Seminar. Feedback will be provided on submitted assignments and is a unique and important part of the seminar. Preparation time by participants for each session is approximately 1 hr. not including the reading of the book. Recordings of the sessions for reference use will be provided for the duration of the course, will not be posted for public viewing, and will be available up to two weeks after the completion of the seminar. We kindly ask that
Instructor: Dr. Mark Tarpley
Dates and Time:  Four 1.5 hr. sessions on Zoom. January 23rd, January 30th, February 6th, and February 13th (8:00 pm – 9:30 pm CDT)
Cost:  $200
*Minimum and maximum registrants:  7 – 12 (Please note:  Seven registrants are required in order for the seminar to make. Registration assumes one household per registration. For group discounts or private group seminars, please contact us at