Spokesperson Milton: Voices in Contemporary Criticism

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Charles W. Durham, Kristin Pruitt McColgan
Susquehanna University Press, 1994 - 284 頁
The twenty essays in this book explore John Milton's role as a spokesperson for a variety of cultural, theological, political, and artistic concerns.
In the opening essay, John T. Shawcross sets the tone for the volume in identifying Milton as spokesperson, first according to eighteenth-century standards, then in light of modern attention to issues of politics, feminism, and hierarchy. He concludes that Milton's voice has often been used in support of opposing causes both in the eighteenth century and in ours. The essays that follow confirm that, in its range and scope, Milton's powerful voice was not one but many.
In part II the authors address and interpret religious themes in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. The essays in part III suggest the extent to which politics inform Milton's poetry and contribute to the shaping of his prose, and they consider the effect of those political views on Milton's contemporaries and on later generations of readers. Part IV investigates ways in which Milton establishes his own authority within texts and encourages readers to choose between conflicting models of authority.
Milton's adaptation of traditional literary motifs and forms is addressed in part V, and part VI explores issues of gender and hierarchy in light of Milton's portrayals of the relationships between Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost and Samson and Dalila in Samson Agonistes.
Although the scholars represented in this collection apply different theoretical approaches to their examinations of Milton's poetry and prose, they all challenge earlier critical assumptions and are evidence of the energizing dialogue that occurs when readers converse with each other and engage in dialogue with the many voices of a spokesperson such as John Milton.
 

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Spokesperson Milton
5
Spokesperson for Theological and Spiritual Concerns
19
Symbol of Sin
21
Satan and the Critique of Meliorism Paradise Lost Book 2
31
Faith in the Theodicy of Paradise Lost
47
Apocalyptic Combat in Paradise Regained
57
Spokesperson for Political Views
69
Reading Miltons At a Solemn Music
71
The Creative Self and the Self Created in Paradise Lost
153
Interpretation of Events in Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes
165
Authorial Providence and the Dramatic Form of Samson Agonistes
179
Spokesperson for Tradition and Change
191
Miltons ReFormation of the Masque
193
Miltons Vergilian Epigraphs of 1637 and 1645
206
The Topos of Art and Nature in Paradise Regained
217
Spokesperson for Women
229

The Failure of Argument and the Role of Dialogics in Eikonoklastes
87
Miltons State Letters to France
101
Miltons Reinterpretation of the Organic Analogy in Paradise Lost
113
Arnolds 1888 Address
126
Spokesperson for Authority of Author and of Text
139
Inspiration and Speech Acts in Miltons Prose
141
Eves RapportTalk
249
Womens Heroism in the Bible and Dalilas SelfDefense
260
Contributors
275
Index
279
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