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In this provocative study, Kristin A. Pruitt offers a close reading of pivotal passages and critical concerns in Paradise Lost and examines Milton’s presentation of Adam and Eve’s relationship through the intersections of theology and gender in the poem. By delving into several seventeenth century commentaries on Genesis, Pruitt examines the various depictions of Eve and presents Milton’s Eve and her relationship with Adam. In recent years, scholars have addressed the disparate, often contradictory positions on gender and hierarchy in Paradise Lost. However, Pruitt adds to the discussion another layer: that the dialectic in the poem—the parallels and reversals in structure, imagery, action, and characterization—offer a reading from multiple perspectives and means of understanding one of the poem’s principal messages, which is the dual emphases on individuality versus selfhood and relationship versus union as they illuminate the ideal of unity in diversity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. ONE: Pattern Divine: Milton’s Triune God
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. TWO: Education and the Master Teacher: Adam and Eve’s Creation Accounts
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. THREE: Abundant Gifts: Hierarchy and Reciprocity
  2. pp. 45-59
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  1. FOUR: Reason, Faith and “the soul / Of all the rest”: Separation, Reunion and “Fruit Divine”
  2. pp. 60-90
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  1. FIVE: “God is also in sleep”: Dreams Satanic and Divine
  2. pp. 91-107
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  1. SIX: The Many Faces of Eve
  2. pp. 108-159
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 160-182
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 183-191
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 192-196
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820705415
Related ISBN
9780820703404
MARC Record
OCLC
607059674
Pages
212
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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