Paradise Lost: A Sourcebook

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Overview

John Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost (1667) is a literary landmark. His reworking of Biblical tales of the loss of Eden constitutes not only a gripping literary work, but a significant musing on fundamental human concerns ranging from freedom and fate to conscience and consciousness.

Designed for students new to Milton's complex, lengthy work, this sourcebook:

* outlines the often unfamiliar contexts of seventeenth-century England which are so crucial to Paradise Lost
* completes the contextual study with a chronology and reprinted documents from the period
* examines and reprints a broad range of responses to the poem, from early reactions to recent criticism
* reprints the most frequently studied passages of the poem, along with extensive commentary and annotation of unfamiliar or significant terms used in Milton's work
* provides cross-references between the textual, contextual and critical sections of the sourcebook, to show how all the materials can be called upon in an individual reader's encounter with the text
* suggests further reading for those facing the huge array of critical work on the poem.
With an emphasis on enjoying as well as understanding what can be a somewhat daunting work, this sourcebook will be a welcome resource for anyone new to Paradise Lost.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415303255
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Routledge Guides to Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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