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Author Song, Eric B., 1979-
Title Dominion undeserved : Milton and the perils of creation / Eric B. Song.
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2013.

Author Song, Eric B., 1979-
Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Political and social views.
Homeland in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Creation in literature.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-200).
Note Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher.
Contents The strange fire of the Tartars -- Wretched matter : Milton and rhyme -- Eden, the country house, and the Indies (East and West) -- Paradise lost and the question of Ireland -- Gemelle liber : Milton's 1671 archive.
Summary "That the writings of John Milton continue to provoke study and analysis centuries after his lifetime speaks no doubt to his literary greatness but also to the many ways in which his art both engaged and transcended the political and theological tensions of his age. In Dominion Undeserved, Eric B. Song offers a brilliant reading of Milton's major writings, finding in them a fundamental impasse that explains their creative power. According to Song, a divided view of creation governs Milton's related systems of cosmology, theology, art, and history. For Milton, any coherent entity--a nation, a poem, or even the new world--must be carved out of and guarded against an original unruliness. Despite being sanctioned by God, however, this agonistic mode of creation proves ineffective because it continues to manifest internal rifts that it can never fully overcome. This dilemma is especially pronounced in Milton's later writings, including Paradise Lost, where all forms of creativity must strive against the fact that chaos precedes order and that disruptive forces will continue to reemerge, seemingly without end. Song explores the many ways in which Milton transforms an intractable problem into the grounds for incisive commentary and politically charged artistry. This argument brings into focus topics ranging from Milton's recurring allusions to the Eastern Tartars, the way Milton engages with country house poetry and colonialist discourses in Paradise Lost, and the lasting relevance of Anglo-Irish affairs for his late writings. Song concludes with a new reading of Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes in which he shows how Milton's integration of conflicting elements forms the heart of his literary archive and confers urgency upon his message even as it reaches its future readers."--Publisher's website.
Note In English.
ISBN 9780801451850 cloth : alk. paper
9780801468087 (epub)
0801468094 (electronic bk.)
9780801468094 (electronic bk.)
080145185X (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 10.7591/9780801468094
OCLC # 841521544
Additional Format Print version: Song, Eric B., 1979- Dominion undeserved Ithaca, New York : Cornell University Press, 2013. 9780801451850 (cloth : alk. paper) (DLC) 2012032786

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