The Alternative Trinity: Gnostic Heresy in Marlowe, Milton, and Blake

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What is the creator of the world were evil? What if Christ, the Son, were the antagonist rather than the ally of the Father? Nuttall tracks this subversive theology from the Gnostics of the second century, through its flickering reappearance in Marlowe and Milton, to its full development in Blake.
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"Nuttall is constantly illuminating and informative."—Times Literary Supplement

"Nuttall offers some engaging expositions of familiar material and some useful citations of less familiar lore. Recommended for graduate collections and research collections."—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198184621
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/12/1998
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A. D. Nuttall is Professor of English and Fellow of New College, Oxford. His previous books include Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure? and Dead from the Waist Down.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Blake: The Son Versus the Father
Part II. Raising the Devil: Marlowe's Doctor Faustus
1. Calvinists and Hermeticists
2. Flying Men and Gnostics
Part III. Milton
1. Satan's Shield
2. Milton's Theodicy: The Argument from Freedom
3. The Garden as Maze
4. The Fortunate Fall
5. Arianism, Monism, Materialism
6. The Invisible Christ
7. The Language of Trees: Unstable Mythologies
Part IV. Blake
1. Godly Nudists
2. The Matrix of Blake's Thought
3. Blake and Milton
4. Antinomian Blake
5. Contraries

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