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Milton: Paradise Lost

Milton: Paradise Lost

2nd Edition


Part of Landmarks of World Literature (New)

  • Date Published: January 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539791

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  • This volume offers an accessible and stimulating introduction to one of the most influential texts of western literature. This guide highlights Milton's imaginative daring as he boldly revises the epic tradition, brilliantly elaborates upon Genesis, and shapes his ambitious narrative in order to retell the story of the Fall. The book considers the heretical dimensions of Paradise Lost and its theology, while situating Milton's great poem in its literary, religious, and political contexts. A concluding chapter addresses the influence of Milton's sublime poem as a source of creative inspiration for later writers, from the Restoration to the Romantics. Finally, the volume offers an extremely useful and updated guide to further reading, which students will find invaluable.

    • 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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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: January 2004
    • 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'
    2. Lycidas
    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
    17. Creation
    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.

  • Author

    David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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