Living Texts: Interpreting Milton

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Kristin A. Pruitt, Charles W. Durham
Susquehanna University Press, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
The essays in this collection are a testimony to Milton's claim that books doe contain a potencie of life in them to be as active as that soule was whose progeny they are. They are proof that Milton's progeny, whether poetry or prose, continue to inspire readers to investigate and interpret, and that even the poet himself is at times the subject of scrutiny. Although these essays examine issues as widely diverse as the reliability of Adam's narration to Raphael and the portrayal of chaos in Paradise Lost to the poet's role as an object of erotic attention in the nineteenth century, all suggest that Milton's are still living texts.

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Contents

Testimony and Transition in Paradise Lost
21
Afterthoughts on Adams Story
48
John Milton Object of the Erotic Gaze?
57
Cesarean Section and the Birth of Eve
80
John Miltons Social Contract
99
The Evil Eye in Paradise Lost Book 4
118
Miltons Use of the Helen Episode Aeneid 256788
131
Theosis and Paideia in the Writings of Gregory of Nyssa and the Prelapsarian Books of Miltons Paradise Lost
144
Milton Lucretius and the Void Profound of Unessential Night
198
Of Chaos and Nightingales
218
The Confounded Confusion of Chaos
228
The Amyraldian Connection
237
Miltons Heterodoxy of the Incarnation and Subjectivity in De Doctrina Christiana and Paradise Lost
264
Miltons Of True Religion and Antipapist Sentiment
283
List of Contributors
303
Index
307

Riding the Hebrew Word Web
162
The Central Naturalistic Narrative and the Allegorical Dimension to Paradise Lost
178

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