The Resource Milton's imperial epic : Paradise lost and the discourse of colonialism, J. Martin Evans

Milton's imperial epic : Paradise lost and the discourse of colonialism, J. Martin Evans

Label
Milton's imperial epic : Paradise lost and the discourse of colonialism
Title
Milton's imperial epic
Title remainder
Paradise lost and the discourse of colonialism
Statement of responsibility
J. Martin Evans
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the opinion of J. Martin Evans, Paradise Lost is at heart a poem about empire. Written during the crucial first phase of English empire-building in the New World, Milton's epic registers the radically divided attitudes toward the settlement of America that existed in seventeenth-century Protestant England. Evans looks at the relationship between Paradise Lost and the pervasive colonial discourse of Milton's time. Evans bases his analysis on the literature of exploration and colonialism. The primary sources on which he draws range from sermons about the New World justifying colonization and exhorting virtue among colonists to promotional pamphlets designed to lure people and investment into the colonies. Evans's research allows him to create a richly textured picture of anxiety and optimism, guilt and moral certitude. The central question is whether Milton supported England's colonization or covertly attempted to subvert it. In contrast to those who attribute to Paradise Lost a specific political agenda for the American colonies, Evans maintains that Milton reflects the complexity and ambivalence of attitudes held by English society. Analyzing Paradise Lost against this background, Evans offers a new perspective on such fundamental issues as the narrator's shifting stance in the poem, the unique character of Milton's prelapsarian paradise, and the moral and intellectual status of Adam and Eve before and after the Fall. From Satan's arrival in Hell to the expulsion from the garden of Eden, Milton's version of the Genesis myth resonates with the complex thematics of Renaissance colonialism
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1935-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Evans, J. Martin
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3562
LC item number
.E89 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Political poetry, English
  • Epic poetry, English
  • Fall of man in literature
  • Imperialism in literature
  • Colonies in literature
  • Poésie épique anglaise
  • Impérialisme dans la littérature
  • Colonies dans la littérature
  • Colonies in literature
  • Epic poetry, English
  • Fall of man in literature
  • Imperialism in literature
  • Political poetry, English
  • Paradise lost (Milton)
  • Kolonialisme
  • Kolonialismus (Motiv)
  • Kolonialismus
Label
Milton's imperial epic : Paradise lost and the discourse of colonialism, J. Martin Evans
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-188) 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
Contents
The colonial Idea -- The colony -- This nether empire -- A wilderness of sweets -- Brutal kind -- The colonists -- Great adventurer -- Heav'nly stranger -- Fellow servant -- That fixt mind -- The colonized -- This new happie race of men -- Alienate from God -- The narrator -- Hesperian fables true -- Adventrous song -- Eternal providence
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 194 pages
Isbn
9780801432118
Lccn
95030018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33246127
  • (OCoLC)ocm33246127
Label
Milton's imperial epic : Paradise lost and the discourse of colonialism, J. Martin Evans
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-188) 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
Contents
The colonial Idea -- The colony -- This nether empire -- A wilderness of sweets -- Brutal kind -- The colonists -- Great adventurer -- Heav'nly stranger -- Fellow servant -- That fixt mind -- The colonized -- This new happie race of men -- Alienate from God -- The narrator -- Hesperian fables true -- Adventrous song -- Eternal providence
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 194 pages
Isbn
9780801432118
Lccn
95030018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33246127
  • (OCoLC)ocm33246127

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