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Anxiety in Eden : A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost - John S. Tanner

Anxiety in Eden

A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost

Hardcover Published: 6th August 1992
ISBN: 9780195072044
Number Of Pages: 220

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Tanner uses Kierkegaard's thought, particularly his theory of anxiety, to enrich and enliven a bold new reading of Milton's Paradise Lost. He argues that for Milton and Kierkegaard, the path to sin and to salvation lies through anxiety, that both the poet and the philosopher include anxiety--along with pain, suffering, and paradox--within the compass of paradise. The first half of the work explores anxiety in Eden before the Fall, providing fresh perspectives on such issues as free will, the problem of a fall before the Fall, original sin, the etiology of evil, and prelapsarian knowledge. The second half examines anxiety after the Fall, offering original insights into such issues as the demonic personality, remorse, despair, and faith. Taken as a whole, Tanner's study provides a coherent new existentialist reading of Paradise Lost. Further, though intended primarily as a work of literary criticism, the book touches on matters of broad philosophical, theological, and simply human interest--such as the nature of freedom, knowledge, sin, the self, and salvation.

"A careful, scholarly study of hidden facets of Milton's poem as seen through the instrument of Kierkegaard's text.... Tanner's contribution to our understanding of Paradise Lost is both original and far-reaching."--Soren Kierkegaard Newsletter "Tanner adds a fresh voice to longstanding debates in Milton criticism."--Milton Quarterly "This book must be added to the genuinely insightful body of Miltonist criticism.... Beautifully organized, gernerously documented, and effectually argued.... Tanner's study does full justice to Milton's dramatic argument and Kierkegaard's psychological analysis. Scholars in English Literature, psychology, theology, and ethics all will learn from this penetrating book."--Literature and Theology "There is good reason for readers of the journal to know about this valuable contribution to our understanding of important philosophical, psychological, and doctrinal issues.... Not only is Tanner's insight into the works of two great Christian writers of value, but the book also reflects his ability to combine the languages of the academy and the Spirit, of reason and faith."--BYU Studies "A careful, scholarly study of hidden facets of Milton's poem as seen through the instrument of Kierkegaard's text.... Tanner's contribution to our understanding of Paradise Lost is both original and far-reaching."--Soren Kierkegaard Newsletter "Tanner adds a fresh voice to longstanding debates in Milton criticism."--Milton Quarterly "This book must be added to the genuinely insightful body of Miltonist criticism.... Beautifully organized, gernerously documented, and effectually argued.... Tanner's study does full justice to Milton's dramatic argument and Kierkegaard's psychological analysis. Scholars in English Literature, psychology, theology, and ethics all will learn from this penetrating book."--Literature and Theology "There is good reason for readers of the journal to know about this valuable contribution to our understanding of important philosophical, psychological, and doctrinal issues.... Not only is Tanner's insight into the works of two great Christian writers of value, but the book also reflects his ability to combine the languages of the academy and the Spirit, of reason and faith."--BYU Studies

Note on Citationsp. xi
Introduction: Milton and Kierkegaardp. 3
Anxiety and the Potentiality of Sin
The Fall as Desire and Deedp. 17
Satan and Sinp. 39
Anxious Knowledgep. 68
Temptation by Anxietyp. 106
Anxiety and the Actuality of Sin
Anxiety and Remorsep. 123
Demonic Despairp. 145
Anxiety and Salvationp. 170
Bibliographyp. 189
Index of Citations to Paradise Lostp. 199
General Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780195072044
ISBN-10: 0195072049
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 6th August 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.42