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Overview

Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle rages across three worlds - heaven, hell, and earth - as Satan and his band of rebel angels plot their revenge against God. At the centre of the conflict are Adam and Eve, motivated by all too human temptations, but whose ultimate downfall is unyielding love.
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This Oxford edition of the Milton standard sports heavy paper and a ribbon marker, plus an intro by Philip Pullman on the work's influence on his own writing. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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[A]n exemplary job both of presenting the major topics of Paradise Lost and of entering the selva oscura of Milton criticism. . . . Students and scholars alike will appreciate the balanced approach to the complexities, difficulties, and conundrums of Milton's poem and the criticism on it. Kastan's prose is not just lively but chiseled, and it is destined to affect students. --Patrick Cheney, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Kastan is an exemplary editor, attuned to emerging critical currents, yet steeped in the scholarship of an earlier tradition, aware of the text's provenance and reception, alert to its topicality. His introduction, a model of theoretically informed, politically committed, historically grounded criticism, makes this edition of Paradise Lost all you would expect from one of the most erudite and perceptive figures in the field. --Willy Maley, Modern Language Review

This is a superb edition, a model of careful editing and judicious annotation. --Leslie Brisman, Department of English, Yale University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604590418
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 8/26/2007
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

David Scott Kastan is the Old Dominion Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
General Editors' Preface
Introduction 1
1 Paradise Lost and the English Revolution 15
2 The Protestant Epic and the Spirit of Capitalism 28
3 Religion and Ideology: A Political Reading of Paradise Lost 47
4 Milton's Bogey: Patriarchal Poetry and Women Readers 58
5 'Rational Burning': Milton on Sex and Marriage 67
6 The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity in Paradise Lost 88
7 Paradise Lost and the Primal Scene 102
8 Adam and his 'Other Self' in Paradise Lost: A Lacanian Study in Psychic Development 117
9 Paradise Lost: Ideology, Phantasy and Contradiction 136
10 Adam on the Grass with Balsamum 145
11 Paradise Lost as Master-Narrative 160
12 Freedom, Service, and the Trade in Slaves: The Problem of Labour in Paradise Lost 170
Further Reading 195
Notes on Contributors 199
Index 201
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2001

    Outstanding piece of poetry

    I started this book allowing myself a week to read it and finished it in one day, I simply couldn't put it down. Granted it's a bit difficult to read, but it gets easier once you get into it. Quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read, having read a lot.

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  • Posted August 28, 2010

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    Other than the Bible, the best ever! Milton was more than a genius. Was he the smartest man of his day--likely so!

    Elizabethan English, but that is a draw. Paradise Lost is worthy of a read and a re-read again and again. Can't be beat!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

    Love it

    I really enjoyed this book. I got it for my Major British Author's class but now I'm happy I got it in general. It is fascinating. The writing style is stimulating and makes you think, but thank god for the footnotes and my professor's guidance. It had made the book even more fascinating to me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2003

    Tis better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven

    Milton and Dante have formed many of our ideas about what Heaven and Hell are like. In Paradise Lost, Milton brings Adam and Eve to our front door, gives Satan a hero's welcome, and brings God's power into question. This may not appear so at first, but if looked at critically and analyzed, there are many hidden messages. The introduction in this work, by Leonard, discloses these hidden messages to you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    Fantastic Voyage

    Although the language may be daunting in the beginning, once you have gained a feel for the writing and its pace, the book proves to be wonderful in its imagery and its powerful inquisistion into what it means to be mortal. It delves into its implications and provides the insight to deal and transcend our quotidian trespasses in this base and mortal world.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Not for class

    Paradise Lost is of course one of the great classics and thus needs no further praise. This ebook is great for personal reading, but does not have the line numbers one will need for a class.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2000

    Wonderful novel about the fall from Eden!

    Great novel to read about the creation and the fall of man through the intervention of free will and evil.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Lost

    I love the classics, but this one was not for me! I expected a traditional story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    'Doctrinal to a nation'

    That's what Donne said about PL. The epic is 'doctrinal to a nation.' Donne was an ecclesiastic, thus the use of the word 'doctrinal'. Paradise Lost is his religious epic. I'm sure most people don't read it unless they are made to. I was made to in college. I learned it and have never forgotten it. The blank verse is essential to the experience. Attempts at rhyming epics failed. The blank verse is akin to the strong stress alliterative blank meter of, e.g., Beowulf. But it's more precise, and more modern of course. You just can't beat epic, if you want 'high sentence'.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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