[Milton-L] Paradise Lost, Hell, Ecology, and Industry

Justin Barnes Kolb jbkolb at wisc.edu
Tue Apr 24 10:43:20 EDT 2007


I actually have that book out from the library for a different project, so I'll jump right into it. Thanks.

J.

----- Original Message -----
From: Sara van den Berg <vandens at slu.edu>
Date: Monday, April 23, 2007 7:50 pm
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Paradise Lost, Hell, Ecology, and Industry
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu


> Sara van den Berg wrote:
> > Justin Barnes Kolb wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> This project might be a little unformed but I thought I'd put some 
> 
> >> feelers out. I'm kicking around a vague idea for a Murfreesboro 
> >> conference paper on PL. It would be about the role of mining, 
> >> industry, smithing, gunnery, and various other technological 
> >> manipulations of metal and earth in Hell and the actions of the 
> >> devils. At the moment I'm thinking of a sort of ecocritical 
> reading, 
> >> with the infernal and strenuous novelty and ingenuity of the devils 
> 
> >> contrasted to the gentle gardening of Adam and Eve in Eden. I 
> though 
> >> it might be interesting to examine the relationship between 
> Milton's 
> >> ideas about nature, improvement, and work and the ideas of the 
> >> Diggers. I'm also considering a tenuous, if possibiy interesting 
> >> analogy, between the "darkness visible" of Hell and a world lit by 
> 
> >> the burning of fossil fuels.
> >>
> >> Can anyone recommend some good critical texts on Milton and 
> ecology, 
> >> ideas of nature and work from the period, or any work on technology 
> 
> >> and culture in Milton?
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >>
> >> Justin Kolb
> >> UW-Madison
> >>
> >
> This afternoon, after sending my earlier message, I happened to read 
> Daniel Tiffany's essay, "Lyric Substance: On Riddles, Materialism, and 
> 
> Poetic Obscurity,"
>  which devotes one section to a discussion of Milton's "darkness 
> visible."  The essay is included in /Things/, ed. Bill Brown (U of 
> Chicago Press, 2004), which reprints a special issue of /Critical 
> Inquiry/.  
> 
> Sara van den Berg
> _______________________________________________
> Milton-L mailing list
> Milton-L at lists.richmond.edu
> Manage your list membership and access list archives at http://lists.richmond.edu/mailman/listinfo/milton-l


More information about the Milton-L mailing list