[Milton-L] PL and genre
aberghof at es.nacs.uci.edu
Sun Sep 5 13:27:52 EDT 2004
Three books come to mind: The Choice of Achilles: The Ideology of
Figure in the Epic by Susanne Wofford, The Ruins of Allegory: Paradise
Lost and the Metamorphosis of Epic Convention by Catherine Gimelli
Martin, and Allegorical Poetics and the Epic: The Renaissance Tradition
to Paradise Lost by Mindele Anne Treip.
A leitmotif in my dissertation runs as follows: a shift in genre
classification results from close rhetorical analysis of the language
of sin in Paradise Lost. Satan's soliloquy to the sun, for example, is
more of a bleak pastoral lament than a high tragic or an epic setpiece.
Reply to me on or off-list, depending on whether you find this to be
an assumption anyone else would find interesting.
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