[Milton-L] Beauty dissertation (was "no subject?)
Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Tue Jan 4 13:26:56 EST 2011
I am glad you are encouraging your student in what may indeed be a compelling topic.
There is, of course, the standard Neoplatonic stuff about beauty being the first rung on the ladder of Diotima. (Cf. Spenser's Fowre Hymnes.) I'm away from my library but could supply some titles later, always with the caveat that Neoplatonism works best during halcyon periods free of controversy.
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From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Tony Demarest [tonydemarest at hotmail.com]
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First, Happy New Year to all; second, a problem: I have a student completing her senior thesis on PL, and she is gravitating
to the idea that beauty- physical and aesthetic- is the reason for the Fall. She argues that Eve's beauty is responsible for Satan's
focus upon her as target #1, and that it is also responsible for Adam's fear of immortality without her. Although my student is in the birthing throes of her thesis,
I find the subject provocative and worthy of further inquiry. I have put a reading list together (including texts from our list members), but I would also appreciate
any directions you may have.
Our college is small and I (a medievalist) have been teaching Milton for the past seven years- and that after a hiatus of 39 years as a public school administrator- so
my "scholarship" is quite pedestrian. So, that confession made, I would appreciate any assistance.
Thanking you in advance,
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