The Resource Justice in the dock : Milton's experimental tragedy, Harold Skulsky

Justice in the dock : Milton's experimental tragedy, Harold Skulsky

Label
Justice in the dock : Milton's experimental tragedy
Title
Justice in the dock
Title remainder
Milton's experimental tragedy
Statement of responsibility
Harold Skulsky
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Justice in the Dock, Harold Skulsky argues that the currently dominant moral readings of Samson Agonistes reduce it to the pious antiquarian charade it energetically refuses to be - whether the hero is taken as a war criminal or a saint (Christian or existentialist). Milton is as subversive a traditionalist here as elsewhere; he has picked a theologically scandalous stretch of Bible history to dramatize, and he invents a dramatic structure that makes over the theater, or theatrical imagination, into the scene of a jury trial. The result is neither a sermon in disguise nor a study in indeterminacy, but the theatrical equivalent of the republican freedom the poet's political career was dedicated to promoting. Attorney Milton declares his mind - but leaves the audience free to make up theirs
  • On the way to establishing this, Skulsky brings out in all their nastiness the subversive questions forced by the Book of Judges on a would-be Christian believer of the early modern period, and he studies in detail two remarkable earlier attempts to come to terms, in the same tradition of "sacred" drama, with the same Book and the same questions. Justice in the Dock is a book about the preeminent English poet (after Shakespeare) trying to make sense of a paradigm case of mass killing - virtually of genocide - that is endorsed by the Ground of All Justice and carried out by an Israelite hero who (if St. Paul can be trusted) is also a saint. The book is meant to attract readers interested in literature, moral philosophy, religion, or the historic roots of the modern sensibility, as well as readers specifically involved with Milton and his literary, intellectual, and religious background
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skulsky, Harold
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3566
LC item number
.S58 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milton, John
  • Samson (Biblical judge)
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John (1608-1674)
  • Milton, John
  • Christian poetry, English
  • Samson (Biblical judge) in literature
  • Justice in literature
  • Tragic, The
  • Poésie chrétienne anglaise
  • Justice dans la littérature
  • Tragique
  • Samson Agonistes (Milton)
  • Poésie religieuse anglaise
  • Justice
Label
Justice in the dock : Milton's experimental tragedy, Harold Skulsky
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-127) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
133 pages
Isbn
9780874135558
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95008364
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32240376
  • (OCoLC)ocm32240376
Label
Justice in the dock : Milton's experimental tragedy, Harold Skulsky
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-127) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
133 pages
Isbn
9780874135558
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95008364
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)32240376
  • (OCoLC)ocm32240376

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