Synopses & Reviews
The interpretation of Paradise Lost
has undergone remarkable changes in the last twenty years. This new collection of essays maps these changes, showing how they have been achieved by the combined discourses of Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis and poststructuralism. The essays are by writers working at the forefront of current criticism, and not only provide an overview of contemporary readings of one of the seminal works of English literature, but also indicate the range and subtlety of the revolution in English studies that has taken place in the past two decades.
This new collection of essays maps how the interpretation of Paradise Lost
has changed in the last twenty years as a result of the combined discourses of Marxism, feminism, psychoanalysis and poststructuralism.
Even a dozen critical essays, representative of the postmodern wave that has largely displaced liberal humanism in English studies in the years in which they were written (1970-96), do not dethrone Satan as the flawed hero of Milton's masterwork. Contributors vivisect, yet manage to convey, the cont
About the Author
William Zunder is Fellow in English at the University of Hull.
Table of Contents
Introduction--William Zunder * Paradise Lost
and the English Revolution--Christopher Hill * The Protestant Epic and the Spirit of Capitalism--Andrew Milner * Religion and Ideology: A Political Reading of Paradise Lost
--Fredric Jameson * Milton's Bogey: Patriarchal Poetry and Women Readers--Sandra M. Gilbert * "Rational Burning:" Milton on Sex and Marriage--David Aers and Bob Hodge * The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity in Paradise Lost
--Mary Nyquist * Paradise Lost
and the Primal Scene--William Kerrigan * Adam and His "Other Self" in Paradise Lost
: A Lacanian Study in Psychic Development--Claudia M. Champagne * Paradise Lost
: Ideology, Phantasy and Contradiction--Anthony Easthope * Adam on the Grass with Balsamum--Geoffrey Hartman * Paradise Lost
as Master-Narrative--Catherine Belsey * Freedom, Service, and the Trade in Slaves: The Problem of Labour in Paradise Lost
--Maureen Quilligan * Index