[Milton-L] Milton's Bogey (and such)

Margaret Thickstun mthickst at hamilton.edu
Fri Mar 2 08:00:24 EST 2007

Woolf's comment on God as Milton's bogey is influenced, I think, by Charlotte Bronte's vision of God blocking out the sky in her novel Shirley.

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From: Jamie Morton <jlmorton at usc.edu>
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2007 7:36 pm
Subject: [Milton-L] Milton's Bogey (and such)
To: John Milton Listserv <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>

> 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.
> -J
> ====================================
> "From error to error, one discovers the entire truth."
>       - Sigmund Freud
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