The Resource Persona and decorum in Milton's prose, Reuben Sánchez, Jr

Persona and decorum in Milton's prose, Reuben Sánchez, Jr

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Persona and decorum in Milton's prose
Title
Persona and decorum in Milton's prose
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Reuben Sánchez, Jr
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Language
eng
Summary
"In this study, Reuben Sanchez, Jr. examines the kinds of persona and decorum strategies Milton uses in his prose. Preliminary discussion includes the background of the prophetic Milton in both the poetry and the prose, the significance of "history" and "biography" to a study of the prose, and the description of the protean nature of the terms persona and decorum during the Renaissance. Although recent schools of literary criticism have tended to remove the author from the text, thereby calling into question the value of persona criticism, Sanchez points out that Milton himself argues against the separation of author from persona and against the subordination of author to persona. As literary critic and dramatist in the preface to Samson Agonistes, as bard in Paradise Lost, as orator in Areopagitica, as autobiographer in the prologue to Book II of The Reason of Church Government, as "Author" of Lycidas distinguishing himself in the coda from "th' uncouth swain"--The author inside each of these and other works is clearly observed by the author who stands for a time outside the work. The theatrical, literary, psychological, and biographical implications of the term persona are essential to a discussion concerning literary self-presentation in Milton's work because the seventeenth century is precisely marked by the literary emergence of modern notions of selfhood." "Sanchez shows how and why Milton fashions persona after a biblical model appropriate to the occasion to which a given prose tract responds, the model therefore varying from tract to tract. But Milton's self-presentation is also a manifestation of his changing perception of the source of his authority to speak - from power validated by the persona's attachment to a secular or religious group, to power validated by the persona's assertion of his special relationship with God. Sanchez traces the movement in Milton's thought and self-presentation from dependence on public covenant to revaluation of public covenant as dependent on private covenant." "Through analysis of selected tracts spanning Milton's career as prose writer, Sanchez describes Milton's persona as the result of the "labour" involved in fashioning various personae for various occasions, and of the "divine inspiration" involved in the prophet's calling. While Milton partly fashions persona according to his immediate and practical goals in a given tract, persona must also be considered as it manifests Milton's biography and his conviction that he is a prophet through whom God communicates to the nation, albeit an increasingly unattentive nation. The less Milton relies on the authority vested in the group and the public covenant, the more authority he appropriates for himself and the more he relies on the private covenant. It is perhaps only by strongly relying on the private covenant that Milton can, toward the end of the Revolution and then again in 1673, speak to and for a nation that does not heed him."--Jacket
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Sánchez, Reuben
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3592.P7
LC item number
S26 1997
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • Milton, John
  • English prose literature
  • Didactic literature, English
  • English language
  • Persona (Literature)
  • Self in literature
  • Prose anglaise
  • Littérature didactique anglaise
  • Anglais (Langue)
  • Persona (Littérature)
  • Moi (Psychologie) dans la littérature
  • Criticism and interpretation
  • Didactic literature, English
  • English language
  • English language
  • English prose literature
  • Persona (Literature)
  • Self in literature
  • Erzählperspektive
  • Prosa
Label
Persona and decorum in Milton's prose, Reuben Sánchez, Jr
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Publication
Note
Based on the author's dissertation
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-243) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
251 pages
Isbn
9780838636800
Lccn
96041403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35262503
  • (OCoLC)ocm35262503
Label
Persona and decorum in Milton's prose, Reuben Sánchez, Jr
Publication
Note
Based on the author's dissertation
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-243) 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
251 pages
Isbn
9780838636800
Lccn
96041403
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)35262503
  • (OCoLC)ocm35262503

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