Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 2-5

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. v-vi

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-x

It may reflect poorly on my character that I wrote a book about the loss of happy homelands while living in a number of delightful places. I started this project at the University of Virginia under the supervision of James Nohrnberg, Gordon Braden, and Katharine Eisaman Maus. ...

Abbreviations

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. xi-xii

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-16

After the restoration of the English monarchy in 1660, John Milton found himself estranged from his native country.1 During these evil days, Milton was briefly imprisoned and in some danger of execution for having passionately defended the beheading of the restored king’s father. ...

read more

1. The Strange Fire of the Tartars

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 17-44

John Rogers has interpreted these lines within the context of “the contemporary physiology of tartar,” which names “the inassimilable elements purged from the system in the process of digestion.”1 These dregs are fecal and abject, and must be purged before creation can begin. ...

read more

2. Eden, the Country House, and the Indies (East and West)

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 45-71

Eden should have been the happiest of homelands. In the Miltonic universe, however, Eden’s origins may help to explain its rapid loss. God creates Eden in the aftermath of a war that reveals the fissures within his kingdom. In book 6 of Paradise Lost, Raphael narrates the height of the war in Heaven and recalls that “war seemed a civil game / To this uproar; ...

read more

3. Paradise Lost and the Question of Ireland

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 72-110

In Paradise Lost, questions about the loss of humanity’s first homeland converge upon questions about Adam and Eve’s unstable union. The answers offered by the poem must be explored in greater detail, not only because their psychological density marks the poem as a key moment in early modernity, ...

read more

4. Gemelle Liber: Milton’s 1671 Archive

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 111-151

For a reader who knows the entire corpus of Milton’s writings, Paradise Lost’s concluding vision of conjugal love is compromised. In book 9 Adam and Eve consummate the Fall, and the poet likens the couple to the figure of Samson: “So rose the Danite strong / Herculean Samson from the harlot-lap / Of Philistean Dalilah, and waked / Shorn of his strength” (9.1059– 62). ...

read more

Epilogue

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 152-158

Before, during, and after Milton’s quadricentennial in 2009, Milton scholars asked why Milton matters. In a brief essay on the topic, Stanley Fish took to task critics who fail to connect their historicist research to genuinely literary questions of form and genre (which, for Fish, largely equate to questions of authorial intention). ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 159-184

Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 185-200

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 201-216