[Milton-L] Satan

James Rovira jrovira at drew.edu
Tue Feb 15 16:27:35 EST 2005

I suspect that just as Milton could assume the majority of his audience 
would be repulsed by Satan from the start, so can Ms. Ostriker assume 
that her audience will at least understand attaction to Satan from the 
start.  We do spend a great deal of time with Satan at the beginning of 
Paradise Lost before meeting any other characters -- without a prior 
commitment to rejecting the Satanic as evil this, by itself, could be 
enough.  But I think the distinction between assumption and 
demonstration is a good one.

Jim Rovira

Angelica Duran wrote:

>Dear scholars,
>Someone on this list recommended Alicia Ostriker's _Dancing at the Devil's
>Party: Essays on Poetry, Politics, and the Erotic_.  Thank you for the
>reference: there are so many important books to read, and we can't be aware
>of all of them. I would recommend the slim book: very interesting. The book,
>however, left me still wanting an account of the attraction to Satan in
>_Paradise Lost_.  
>Angelica Duran

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