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Milton, Evil and Literary History

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Milton, Evil and Literary History by Claire Colebrook
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"Milton, Evil and Literary History" addresses the ways in which we read literary history according to quite specific images of growth, development, progression, flourishing and succession. Goodness has always been aligned with a life of expansion, creation, production and fruition, while evil is associated with the inert, non-relational, static and stagnant. These associations have also underpinned a distinction between good and evil notions of capitalism, where good exchange enables the agents to enhance their living potential and is contrasted with the evils of a capitalism system that circulates without any reference to life or spirit. Such images of a ghostly and technical economy divorced from animating origin are both central to Milton's theology and poetry and to the theories of literary history through which Milton is read.Regarded as a radical precursor to Romanticism, Milton's poetry supposedly requires the release of his radical spiritual content from the fetters of received orthodoxy. This literary and historical imagery of releasing the radical spirit of a text from the dead weight of received tradition is, this book argues, the dominant doxa of historicism and one which a counter-reading of Milton ought to question.

Author Biography

Claire Colebrook is Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Release date Australia
February 28th, 2008
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
168
Dimensions
234x156x11
ISBN-13
9780826484925
Product ID
1735625

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