[Milton-L] RE: Best Resource on Satan as Hero

Carol Barton cbartonphd1 at verizon.net
Tue Apr 14 14:36:54 EDT 2009

Tony, please tell her she needs to start by defining "heroism" first. Steadman is a good start for this sort of research--but she should have some serious familiarity with Homer, Vergil, Tasso, Ariosto, Dante, and Spenser, too. It's a far bigger subject than she may realize. I can provide you more detailed information privately, if you wish.

All best,

Carol Barton
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Tony Demarest 
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 12:40 PM
  Subject: [Milton-L] RE: Best Resource on Satan as Hero

  Dear List Members-

  At our college, we require a senior research presentation in every A&S major- since I am the college's "resident medievalist" (probably pertains more to age than scholarship), I usually have students who wish to research Arthurian Romance or Chaucer. I have taught Milton twice in the past four years (I retired from secondary school administration in 2002)- and have been receiving more requests to work on Paradise Lost. At first, the topics reflected my interests- i.e. structure of Miltonic similes, but then I received requests for reflections on Eve's culpability, Satan as "hero," etc. 
  Just yesterday, a student asked if I would mentor her through a study of Satan as a more heroic figure than God. This from a young woman attending a Catholic college- of course, I readily agreed. My dilemma: I have most of the mainstream sources (Fish, Lewis, Nicholson, etc.) but I would like newer links- my last academic connection with Milton studies was in 1970, and as a member of this list, I am almost ashamed about what I do not know. But since my position is "medieval," I carry courses from HEL to Milton- and occasionally delve into my favorites- Walcott and Heaney; so I am truly stretched, and would like to have your recommendations for further modern study in this aspect. What's new on Satan?
  As always, many thanks for your help-


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