[Milton-L] Re: Milton-L Digest, Vol 16, Issue 5

Michael Bryson michael.bryson at csun.edu
Sat Feb 5 10:39:16 EST 2005

Thanks to Carrol Cox for the reminder about the Millicent Bell
piece. To be both "infamous and endlessly refuted" in Milton
studies is often a good thing--or at least an infusion of
energy (as in, "eternal delight") into what can become an
all-too predictable retracing of the same well worn literary
(and non-literary) paths. 

Michael Bryson

>Date: Fri, 04 Feb 2005 17:26:54 -0600
>From: Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu>  
>Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Struggling with a paper  
>To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
>Jeffrey Austin wrote:
>> Sarah and others:
>>  [clip] As she has from the time
>> of her creation when she looked past Adam, Eve is looking
for more.
>> She is like Satan in this way.  Satan is also an insatiable
figure that
>> cannot seem to accept his lot, not matter how glorious.  [clip]
>Milton's spontaneous male supremacist assumptions, and the
equally male
>supremacist assumptions of so many of his 20th c. critics,
keep coming
>back to bite the poem in the ass by confirming again and
again and again
>Millicent Bell's infamous (:->) and endlessly refuted "The
Fallacy of
>the Fall in Paradise Lost," PMLA. 68 
>(1953), 863-883.

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