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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.
|General Editors' Preface|
|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|
|Notes on Contributors||199|