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Visionary Milton
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With global terrorism a seemingly daily threat, the twenty-first century is permeated with violence and in search of some way to better understand the world and its different religions and politics. In recent decades, the literary world has shifted to a similar focus, producing new works and reexamining old ones to aid in forming a vision relevant to such a violent world. In Visionary Milton: Essays on Prophecy and Violence, distinguished Milton scholars are brought together in dialogue to discuss John Milton’s focus on prophecy and violence in his work and how these themes add to an understanding of Milton as a visionary.

The collection begins with a fresh analysis of the visionary mode of narrative in the early modern period as seen in both biblical and imaginative literature and sets the groundwork for an examination of Milton’s poetry, prose, and biography. The themes of prophecy and violence develop throughout these essays as an overall context in Milton’s life, as an important principle in such works as Paradise Regained, and as a mode for an extended analysis of Restoration politics as they figure in Milton’s poetry.

Visionary Milton extends the literary discussion of Milton’s work into a larger geopolitical area. The collection is important not only for those interested in Milton, but also for historians, political scientists, and theologians.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxvi
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  1. Part I: Milton’s Visionary Mode: Prophecy and Violence
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1: Milton and the Visionary Mode: The Early Poems
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2: Milton and the Culture Wars
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. 3: Red Milton: Abraham Polonsky and You Are There (January 30, 1955)
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 63-64
  1. 4: How Hobbes Works
  2. pp. 65-88
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  1. 5: God’s “Red Right Hand” Violence and Pain in Paradise Lost
  2. pp. 89-108
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  1. 6: A World with a Tomorrow: Paradise Regain’d and Its Hermeneutic of Discovery
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. 7: “Shifting Contexts” Artists’ Agon with the Biblical and Miltonic Samson
  2. pp. 164-161
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  1. Images
  2. pp. 162-190
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  1. Part III: Milton’s Visionary Mode and Paradise Regain’d
  2. pp. 191-192
  1. 8: Why Is the Virgin Mary in Paradise Regain’d?
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. 9: Charles, Christ, and Icon of Kingship in Paradise Regain’d
  2. pp. 215-240
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  1. 10: From Last Things to First: The Apophatic Vision of Paradise Regain’d
  2. pp. 241-266
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  1. Part IV: Milton’s Visionary Mode and the Last Poems
  2. pp. 267-268
  1. 11: From Politics to Faith in the Great Poems?
  2. pp. 269-286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-326
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  1. Selected Publications by Michael Lieb
  2. pp. 327-332
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 333-336
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 337-346
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