[Milton-L] Milton's Bogey (and such)
rumrich at mail.utexas.edu
Thu Mar 1 21:40:25 EST 2007
Kathleen Vejvoda has argued that nineteenth-century women tended to
find in Milton a source of pride and strength. The essay in which
she makes this claim is devoted to the Masque, not PL. Still, you
might find it useful: "The Fruit of Charity: Comus and Christina
Rossetti's Goblin Market." It appeared in Victorian Poetry, vol 38.
On Mar 1, 2007, at 6:32 PM, Jamie Morton wrote:
> Well I suppose it's about time to reach out to the Listserv for
> help and guidance. I've been working diligently (haha) on my
> senior thesis, and I've been a bit closeted in my own brain. I'm
> trying to connect the concepts of Milton's Eve, which I read as an
> enabling figure for women, Sandra M. Gilbert's reading of Eve as
> "monster that Milton hints she is," and Woolf's cursory remarks on
> Milton and his "bogey" in A Room of One's Own.
> My current hypothesis is that Milton wrote Eve as an enabling
> figure (although I would appreciate discussion on this point, as
> I'm not sure whether this is what Milton intended), and that PL was
> therefore an enabling text for women for many years. At some
> point, then, the dominant reading of Eve and of PL in general must
> have shifted to, as Woolf says, "shut out the view."
> So I'm first trying to find 16th- and 17th-century texts that
> support my theory that Milton's early female readers found Eve
> enabling. I'm not sure where to go from there, but I think that
> Frankenstein might be instrumental in demonstrating a turning point
> in the dominant reading of PL, and particularly of Eve.
> Comments, critique, and discussion highly appreciated! Thanks a
> million, listserv.
> "From error to error, one discovers the entire truth."
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