[Milton-L] oceana and milton's hell?
brendanprawdzik at gmail.com
Sat Jul 20 17:19:35 EDT 2013
It seems clear to me that Books I and II of *Paradise Lost*, particularly
the building of Pandemonium and the Demonic Council, owe significant and
direct debts to some of the more absurd passages from James Harrington's *
Oceana* (1656). In such a case the bag of personae which comprise the
character of Satan would include both Harrington and Cromwell, based on the
evidence I see.
I've run MLA and library searches and can find by this means no discussion
pertinent to this hypothesis. I'm hoping to write up an *N&Q* piece
supposing these ideas have not been developed. I'm thinking that they
have, or must have -- perhaps in Fallon, Kahn, or some collection or
journal that I'm missing and do not have on hand.
I would be grateful for any pointers to scholarship on this intersection of
Harrington's *Oceana* and Milton's Hell.
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