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

Noam Flinker flinker at berkeley.edu
Tue Apr 14 13:19:14 EDT 2009

You might start with Neil Forsyth's The satanic epic Princeton,  
N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003. Another fascinating recent  
book is Nancy Rosenfeld's The human Satan in seventeenth-century  
English literature : from Milton to Rochester (Ashgate, 2008).

Noam Flinker

On Apr 14, 2009, at 9:40 AM, Tony Demarest wrote:

> 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-
> Tony
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Prof. Noam Flinker
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Dept. of English UC at Berkeley
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