Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost

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Cambridge University Press, 22.06.2000 - 227 Seiten
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
xix
Milton reads Spensers May Eclogue
21
Satan and the demonic conclave
42
Miltons Den of Error
67
The Paradise of Fools
87
Laughter in heaven
107
Miltonic transubstantiation
131
Idolatry in Eden
151
The image of both churches
165
Conclusion
187
transcriptions from satirical broadsheets
194
Select Bibliography
204
Index
220
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