Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude by P. HermanDestabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude by P. Herman

Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude

byP. Herman

Paperback | April 14, 2008

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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.
PETER HERMAN is Professor of English at San Diego State University, USA. He is the author ofSquitter-witsandMuse-haters: Sidney, Spenser, Milton and Renaissance Antipoetic Sentimentas well as the editor ofRethinking the Henrician Era: Essays on Early Tudor Texts and Contexts;Reading Monarchs Writing: The Poetry of Henry VIII, Mary Stua...
Title:Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of IncertitudeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.55 inPublished:April 14, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: 'Normal' Interpretation and the Protocols of Milton Criticism '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

Editorial Reviews

"All Miltonists in training need to read Peter C. Herman’s Destabilizing Milton: Paradise Lost and the Poetics of Incertitude, which traces the shift in recent Milton scholarship away from a deeply entrenched, multi-guised critical orthodoxy which maintains that Milton is a poet of utter certainty and "Paradise Lost" a poem of perfect unity. (They should read the rest of the book too.) --Year's Work in English Studies "A welcome addition to Milton studies."--Notes and Queries "Destabilizing Milton is a brilliant study. Its title has an aptly dangling participle which both refers to the destabilizing elements the poet introduces in his epic and to Herman’s attempt to destabilize the iconic Milton of a critical tradition that ignores the ambiguity and only emphasizes the poet’s certitude...Herman’s book cannot fail to change the way we read "Paradise Lost" in future."--Heythrop Journal Reviews