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Destabilizing Milton :

Destabilizing Milton

"Paradise Lost" and the Poetics of Incertitude

By: P. Herman

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2005
ISBN: 9781403967619
Number Of Pages: 230

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Destabilizing Milton challenges the widely accepted view of Milton as a poet of absolute, unquestioning certainty. In Paradise Lost , Milton confronts the failure of the Revolution by creating a poem that refuses to grant the reader any interpretive stability or certainty. Doubts can no longer be contained and concepts once marked by a 'fundamental immobility' now seem unstable at best. Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes equally reflect Milton's deep ambivalences after the collapse of the Republic. Far from confirming his earlier ideals, in his later poetry, Milton subjects his culture's most cherished beliefs, such as the goodness of God, to withering scrutiny, while refusing the comfort of orthodox answers.

'Destabilizing Milton is a brilliant study...His discourse is fluent and convincing, and all his points are painstakingly researched against the religious and political situation of the period.' - Jan Marten Ivo Klaver, The Heythrop Journal

Introduction: "Normal" Interpretation and the Protocols of Milton Criticism: Or, How the Interpretation of Milton Really Works
"Warring Chains of Signifiers": Metaphoric Ambivalence and the Politics of Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost, the Miltonic "Or," and the Poetics of Incertitude
"England a Free Nation": Milton's Prose and the Ancient Constitution
"New Laws, New Counsels": Satan, Charles I, and the Ancient Constitution
Incertitude, Authority, and Milton's God
God, Gender, the Fall, and the Problem of Responsibility
Postscript: Samson Agonistes, Paradise Regained, and the Romance
Conclusion of Milton's Career
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ISBN: 9781403967619
ISBN-10: 140396761X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st May 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1