The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost

The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost

by William Kerrigan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674785002

ISBN-13: 9780674785007

Pub. Date: 12/28/1983

Publisher: Harvard University Press

This reading of Milton juxtaposes the poet's theology and Freud's account of the Oedipus complex in ways that yield both new understanding of Milton and a model for psychoanalytic interpretation of literature.

The book ranges widely through the art and life of Milton, including extensive discussions of his theological irregularities and the significance,

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This reading of Milton juxtaposes the poet's theology and Freud's account of the Oedipus complex in ways that yield both new understanding of Milton and a model for psychoanalytic interpretation of literature.

The book ranges widely through the art and life of Milton, including extensive discussions of his theological irregularities and the significance, medical and symbolic, he assigned to his blindness. Kerrigan analyzes the oedipal aspect of Milton's religion; examines the nature of the Miltonic godhead; studies Milton's analogies linking human, angelic, and cosmic bodies; and explores Milton's symbolism of home. In a commanding demonstration, Kerrigan delineates how the great epic and the psyche of its author bestow meaning on each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674785007
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1983
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.29(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Beginning with a True Poem

2. The Root-Bound Lady

3. New Adam: Sacred History as Psychic History

4. The Way to Strength from Weakness

5. "One First Matter All": Spirit as Energy

6. The Place of Rest

Notes

Index

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