Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost by John N. KingMilton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost by John N. King

Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise Lost

byJohn N. King

Hardcover | July 31, 2000

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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. This important study sheds new light on Milton's epic and its literary and religious contexts.
Title:Milton and Religious Controversy: Satire and Polemic in Paradise LostFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:July 31, 2000Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521771986

ISBN - 13:9780521771986

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Table of Contents

1. Controversial merriment; 2. Milton reads Spenser's May Eclogue; 3. Satan and the demonic conclave; 4. Milton's den of error; 5. The paradise of fools; 6. Laughter in heaven; 7. Miltonic transubstantiation; 8. Idolatry in Eden; 9. Images of both churches; Conclusion; Appendix: Transcriptions from satirical broadsheets.

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This scholarly analysis of Milton's Paradise Lost enriches the student's reading and understanding of its satiric elements. In Milton and Religious Controversy, scholar John N. King demonstrates how the text can be read and interpreted in a way that reveals its intent to satirize the political and religious influences of Milton's day. In this way, King hopes to change the way historians of all kinds perceive the religious abuse, satire and polemic that is the central theme of this poem.

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"the exciting and detailed handling of passages accumulates, any disappointment dwindles in the rearview mirror...Catholicism and formalism in the later books of Paradise Lost, and have already been put to good use in at least one classroom." Albion