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Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost, With a New Preface by the Author, Second Edition / Edition 2
     

Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost, With a New Preface by the Author, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Stanley Fish, Stanley Eugene Fish
 

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ISBN-10: 067485747X

ISBN-13: 9780674857476

Pub. Date: 03/15/1998

Publisher: Harvard

In 1967 the world of Milton studies was divided into two armed camps: one proclaiming (in the tradition of Blake and Shelley) that Milton was of the devil's party with or without knowing it, the other proclaiming (in the tradition of Addison and C. S. Lewis) that the poet's sympathies are obviously with God and the angels loyal to him.

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In 1967 the world of Milton studies was divided into two armed camps: one proclaiming (in the tradition of Blake and Shelley) that Milton was of the devil's party with or without knowing it, the other proclaiming (in the tradition of Addison and C. S. Lewis) that the poet's sympathies are obviously with God and the angels loyal to him.

The achievement of Stanley Fish's Surprised by Sin was to reconcile the two camps by subsuming their claims in a single overarching thesis: Paradise Lost is a poem about how its readers came to be the way they are--that is, fallen--and the poem's lesson is proven on a reader's impulse every time he or she finds a devilish action attractive or a godly action dismaying.

Fish's argument reshaped the face of Milton studies; thirty years later the issues raised in Surprised by Sin continue to set the agenda and drive debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674857476
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/15/1998
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface

1. Not So Much a Teaching as an Intangling

2. The Milk of the Pure Word

3. Man's Polluting Sin

4. Standing Only: Christian Heroism

5. The Interpretative Choice

6. What Cause?: Faith and Reason

7. So God with Man Unites

Appendixes

Notes on the Moral Unity of Paradise Lost

Discovery as Form in Paradise Lost

Index of Authors and Titles

Index of Subjects

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