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. Paradise Lost is revealed as a work of immediate and challenging relevance.
WILLIAM ZUNDER is Fellow in English at the University of Hull.
Acknowledgements General Editors' Preface Introduction; W.Zunder Paradise Lost and the English Revolution; C.Hill The Protestant Epic and the Spirit of Capitalism; A.Milner Religion and Ideology: A Political Reading of Paradise Lost; F.Jameson Milton's Bogey: Patriarchal Poetry and Women Readers; S.M.Gilbert 'Rational Burning': Milton on Sex and Marriage; D.Aers & B.Jodge The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity in Paradise Lost; M.Nyquist Paradise Lost and the Primal Scene; W.Kerrigan Adam and His 'Other Self' in Paradise Lost: A Lacanian Study in Psychic Development'; C.M.Champagne Paradise Lost: Ideology, Phantasy and Contradiction; A.Easthope Adam on the Grass with Balsamum; G.Hartman Paradise Lost as Master-Narrative; C.Belsey Freedom, Service, and the Trade in Slaves: The Problem of Labour in Paradise Lost; M.Quilligan Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index
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