Anxiety in Eden: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost / Edition 1

Anxiety in Eden: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost / Edition 1

by John S. Tanner
     
 

Tanner uses Kierkegaard's thought, particularly his theory of anxiety, to enrich and enliven a bold new reading of Milton's Paradise Lost. He argues that for Milton and Kierkegaard, the path to sin and to salvation lies through anxiety, that both the poet and the philosopher include anxiety—along with pain, suffering, and paradox—within the compass of

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Tanner uses Kierkegaard's thought, particularly his theory of anxiety, to enrich and enliven a bold new reading of Milton's Paradise Lost. He argues that for Milton and Kierkegaard, the path to sin and to salvation lies through anxiety, that both the poet and the philosopher include anxiety—along with pain, suffering, and paradox—within the compass of paradise. The first half of the work explores anxiety in Eden before the Fall, providing fresh perspectives on such issues as free will, the problem of a fall before the Fall, original sin, the etiology of evil, and prelapsarian knowledge. The second half examines anxiety after the Fall, offering original insights into such issues as the demonic personality, remorse, despair, and faith. Taken as a whole, Tanner's study provides a coherent new existentialist reading of Paradise Lost. Further, though intended primarily as a work of literary criticism, the book touches on matters of broad philosophical, theological, and simply human interest—such as the nature of freedom, knowledge, sin, the self, and salvation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195072044
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1992
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.63(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

Note on Citations
1Introduction: Milton and Kierkegaard3
IAnxiety and the Potentiality of Sin
2The Fall as Desire and Deed17
3Satan and Sin39
4Anxious Knowledge68
5Temptation by Anxiety106
IIAnxiety and the Actuality of Sin
6Anxiety and Remorse123
7Demonic Despair145
8Anxiety and Salvation170
Bibliography189
Index of Citations to Paradise Lost199
General Index203

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