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Offering a stimulating introduction to one of the most influential texts of Western literature, this book highlights Milton's imaginative daring, in considering the heretical dimensions of Paradise Lost and its theology. It situates Milton's great poem in its literary, religious, and political contexts and includes an extremely useful and newly updated guide to further reading. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-39303-5 First Edition Pb (1993): 0-521-39899-1Read more
- Updated edition of a widely used and helpful guide to one of the greatest works of world literature - including a fully updated guide to further reading
- This introduction examines the significant after-life of Paradise Lost
- Written by an expert in the field who has taught this text for many years
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: November 2003
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521539791
- length: 158 pages
- dimensions: 203 x 127 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.163kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
The chronology of events in Paradise Lost
Part I. Paradise Lost in Milton's Career and Age:
1. 'Long choosing, and beginning late'
3. Writing in the English Revolution and the Restoration
4. Milton's blindness
5. The Christian Doctrine and Milton's theological heresies
Part II. Interpreting Paradise Lost:
6. 'Say first what cause': Paradise Lost and beginnings
7. 'To raise/That Name': Paradise Lost and epic ambition
8. The voice of the poet
9. Answerable styles
10. Satan: daring ambition and heroic ideology
11. Hell: geographical place and internal state
12. God, providence, and free will
13. Milton's Eden
14. Adam and Eve and human sexuality
15. The material cosmos of Paradise Lost
16. War in Heaven
18. The tragedy of the Fall
19. Postlapsarian history and the inner paradise
Part III. The Literary Afterlife of Paradise Lost:
20. Revisions from the restoration to the romantics.
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