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Ken Hiltner explores the ideological basis of our current environmental crisis by engaging literary, theoretical, and historic approaches. Focusing on Milton's rejection of dualistic theology, metaphysical philosophy, and early-modern subjectivism, Hiltner argues that he anticipated certain essential modern ecological arguments. This study considers how Milton not only sought to tell the story of how Paradise on earth was lost through Humanity's folly, but also how it might be regained.Read more
- Sheds light on Milton's work through an innovative eco-critical approach
- Offers insights into the ideological background to responses to the environmental crisis
- Will be of interest to seventeenth-century specialists as well as eco-critics
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"...bold and wonderfully suggestive." John Bienz, Mount Union College, Renaissance Quarterly
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- Date Published: January 2010
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521123747
- length: 176 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.27kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Having Place:
1. Pace defined: the ecological importance of place
2. Place given: Eve as the Garden's spirit of place
3. Place lost: Eve's fall as an uprooting
4. Place regained: Sabrina puts down roots
Part II. The Underlying Importance of Place:
5. The New Testament's call to place: Paul and Luther's deconstruction
6. Rejecting the placeless ancient doctrines: confusing paradise regained
7. The Old Testament's call to place: Job's wisdom in Milton's poetry
8. The influence of time on place: forbidding unripe fruit
9. Place, body and spirit joined: the earth-human wound in Paradise Lost.
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