In early modern culture and in Milton's poetry and prose, this book argues, the concept of hope is intrinsically connected with place and land. Mary Fenton analyzes how Milton sees hope as bound both to the spiritual and the material, the internal self and the external world. Hope, as Fenton demonstrates, comes from commitment to literal places such as the land, ideological places such as the "nation," and sacred, interior places such as the human soul. Drawing on an array of materials from the seventeenth century, including emblems, legal treatises, political pamphlets, and prayer manuals, Fenton sheds light on Milton's ideas about personal and national identity and where people should place their sense of power and responsibility; Milton's politics and where he thought the English nation was and where it should be heading; and finally, Milton's theology and how individuals relate to God.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 17.00(d)|
About the Author
Mary C. Fenton is Professor of English at Western Carolina University, USA, and a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has published widely on Milton in such places as Milton Studies, Milton Quarterly, and SEL.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Hope, land ownership, and 'The Paradise Within'; Keeping Irish hope in its place: charity, 'Reduction', and reform; Place, hope, and prayer; Our father who art in hell: complicating hope; Confiscating prayer; Myself am paradise: hope, land, and redemption in Paradise Regain'd; Epilogue; Index.