Cosmos and Character in Paradise Lost

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This book offers a fresh contextual reading of Paradise Lost, recovering a vital intellectual ferment of the new science,magic, and alchemy of the seventeenth century to reveal new and unexpected aspects of Milton's cosmos and chaos, and the characters of the angels and Adam and Eve. Malabika Sarkar brilliantly demonstrates that modes of thought that are now thought of as contradictory were profoundly influential on Milton's poetic practice.

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Overview

This book offers a fresh contextual reading of Paradise Lost, recovering a vital intellectual ferment of the new science,magic, and alchemy of the seventeenth century to reveal new and unexpected aspects of Milton's cosmos and chaos, and the characters of the angels and Adam and Eve. Malabika Sarkar brilliantly demonstrates that modes of thought that are now thought of as contradictory were profoundly influential on Milton's poetic practice.

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'This book is a timely intervention in Milton studies, because it addresses itself to the notion of the 'post-secular.' It should be regarded as an indispensible text for Miltonists for many years to come. I recommend it without reservation.' - David Hawkes, professor of English, Arizona State University

'Sarkar has read widely and deeply in Renaissance and seventeenth texts on astronomy, alchemy and magic, and in this book uses this material as a prism through which to read Milton's Paradise Lost . . . Sarkar's elegant prose makes the book a delight to read.' - Gordon Campbell, professor of Renaissance Studies, University of Leicester

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137006998
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Malabika Sarkar is the Vice Chancellor of Presidency University. She was previously a professor and head of the Department of English at Jadavpur University and a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University where she is now a Life Member.

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Table of Contents

Invocations: Milton as Moses

'Unoriginal Night' and Milton's Chaos

'This Pendent World': The Cosmos of Paradise Lost

'The Visible Diurbanal Sphere': Space and Time

Satan and Astronomical Signs

Milton's Angels and Celestial Motion

The Galileo Question

Adam, Eve and the 'Virtuous Touch' of Alchemy

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