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Milton's Warring Angels
A Study of Critical Engagements

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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101820

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  • The centrality of Milton to the study of English literature often obscures the intense debates that rage about this ideological allegiances. The reception and interpretation of Milton's texts consistently present him as either a Christian republican or a committed individualist, a radical, heretical free thinker, or a traditional absolutist. In Milton's Warring Angels, William Kolbrener provides a critical account of the reception and interpretation of Milton's texts. He argues that the governing scheme of Milton criticism, the opposition of 'satanic' and 'angelic' readings, derives from historiographical tradition rooted in the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment antithesis between reason and authority, Kolbrener argues, has generated a set of interpretive approaches that inevitably end up violating the meaning of Milton's texts. Kolbrener shows how Milton articulates his thought in lexicons which are never fully assimilable to paradigms of modernity drawn from the Enlightenment. Instead, Milton's prose and poetry mediate between apparently contradictory positions; they join without ever reconciling the satanic and the angelic.

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101820
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Politics:
    1. 'Plainly partiall': the liberal Areopagitica
    2. 'Not the readiest way': Milton and the abandonment of politics
    Part II. Theology:
    3. Introduction: Whig metaphysics
    4. 'Abnormal forms of discourse': Milton's De Doctrina Christiana
    5. 'Milton contrasted with Milton': multiplicity in De Doctrina Christiana
    Part III. Poetics:
    6. Those grand Whigs, Bentley and Fish
    7. A 'noble stroke': representation in Paradise Lost
    Conclusion: devils, angels and Milton
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    William Kolbrener, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

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