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Puritan Legacies: Paradise Lost and the New England Tradition, 1630-1890
     

Puritan Legacies: Paradise Lost and the New England Tradition, 1630-1890

by Keith W.F. Stavely
 

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Winner of the 1988 Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars

"Using Paradise Lost as a touchstone first to the English Revolution and second to the way that revolution was transferred to America, Stavely convincingly argues that the 'structure of feeling' embodied in the poem persists through three centuries of American culture. His discussion of

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Winner of the 1988 Modern Language Association Prize for Independent Scholars

"Using Paradise Lost as a touchstone first to the English Revolution and second to the way that revolution was transferred to America, Stavely convincingly argues that the 'structure of feeling' embodied in the poem persists through three centuries of American culture. His discussion of Puritan radicalism in New England and, more importantly, his detailed case studies of Marlborough and Westborough, Massachusetts, which he investigates and understands by constant reference to Milton's great poem, display his strong gifts as both literary critic and intellectual historian. Puritan Legacies is a challenging example of the 'New Historicism' we have so long needed."--Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Stavely uses Milton's Paradise Lost as a model of the tensions inherent in mid-17th-century English Puritanism and in New England Puritanism through 1890. He shows how Milton's portrayal of Adam, Eve, and Satan represents persistent Puritan conflicts between hierarchy and egalitarian individual autonomy and between rationality and enthusiasm. To illustrate his thesis, Stavely studies the career of 18th-century Westborough, Massachusetts pastor Rev. Ebenezer Parkman and 19th-century Marlborough, Massachusetts newspaper editor Charles F. Morse. A well-researched and brilliantly original work that belongs in every academic library. Susan A. Stussy, Marian Coll. Lib., Indianapolis, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801497773
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Series:
9/28/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)

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