Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost

Sampul Depan
Cambridge University Press, 22 Jun 2000 - 227 halaman
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Religious satire and polemic constitute an elusive presence in Paradise Lost. John N. King demonstrates how we must read the text in a way that is true to its contemporary commitments and cultural dialogues. Vituperative sermons, broadsides and pamphlets, notably Milton's own tracts, uncover the poem's engagement with the violent history of the Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Restoration, while contemporary visual satires help us to understand Miltonic practice. This important study sheds new light on Milton's epic and its literary and religious contexts.
 

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Controversial merriment
1
Milton reads Spensers May Eclogue
23
Satan and the demonic conclave
44
Miltons Den of Error
69
The Paradise of Fools
89
Laughter in heaven
109
Miltonic transubstantiation
133
Idolatry in Eden
153
The image of both churches
167
Conclusion
189
transcriptions from satirical broadsheets
196
Select Bibliography
206
Index
222
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