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

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Fri Mar 2 15:04:53 EST 2007


Quoting "Peter C. Herman" <herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu>:

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> The first place you want to go would be Joseph A. Wittreich, Feminist
> Milton. The second place would be his most recent book, Why Milton
> Matters. After that, Karen Edwards. Then, maybe, my chapter on gender
> in Destabilizing Milton.
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> Peter C. Herman
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> At 04:32 PM 3/1/2007, you wrote:
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> 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.
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> 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."
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> 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.
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> Comments, critique, and discussion highly appreciated!  Thanks a
> million, listserv.
> 
> 
> -J
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