[Milton-L] Sin

Hannibal Hamlin hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com
Tue Oct 22 14:10:41 EDT 2013


And thanks for the recommendation. Andrew's a friend and colleague down the
road, and I'm glad to have his article pointed out to me (and to my
student).

Hannibal




On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 10:47 AM, David Urban <dvu2 at calvin.edu> wrote:

>  Yes, it really was good, Diana.  Thanks!
>
>  -David
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> milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu> on behalf of Kevin Donovan <
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> And a fine paper it was, Diana! I’ll be drawing on it in my teaching this
> week.
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>
> Kevin J. Donovan
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> *From:* milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:
> milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] *On Behalf Of *Diana
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 22, 2013 9:34 AM
> *To:* milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
> *Subject:* Re: [Milton-L] Sin
>
>
>
> I recommend an excellent article by Andrew Escobedo: "Allegorical Agency
> and the Sin of Angels" (ELH 75 (2008).  I just presented an article at
> Murfreesboro that had a section of Sin, but it's not "out" anywhere yet.
>
> Diana T Benet
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Arlene Stiebel <amstiebel at verizon.net>
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Sent: Fri, Oct 4, 2013 12:37 pm
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Sin
>
> I'd recommend CS Lewis: *A Preface to Paradise Lost* as an essential
> resource.
>
>
>
> -- Arlene
>
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>
> On Oct 4, 2013, at 9:15 AM, Brendan Prawdzik <brendanprawdzik at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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>
>
>  Hi Hannibal and all,
>
>
>
> I'm much interested in the way that Sin emerges, almost like a cancer,
> from the head of Satan ("in sight of all the Seraphim").  (We see something
> like the raising of Pandemonium.) The description of his semi- or
> unconscious state is peculiar and suggestive.  Sin as product of *
> passivity*, of *non-agency*.  This idea seems related to her status as
> rigid allegory (and is of course associated with rigidly anti-feminist
> exegesis, representing in her serpentine, grotesque features not only
> Spenser's Errour but also the woman-snake tempter who appears in some Fall
> dramas and paintings).  As rigid allegory she is self-referential, not a
> product of active choice and deliberation, but of an entropic agency in
> relation to prepackaged, inflexible "truths" or abstractions.  What *is *"sin"
> in *Paradise Lost*?  This idea of fixed self-referentiality recalls
> Satan's narcissistic love for her as a product of his own mind (that leapt
> out sans his control).  She is the divesture of authority masked as
> ultimate authority.  She is complicated!  (Your student should certainly
> look at Victoria Kahn's essay on allegory and the sublime in *Paradise
> Lost*.)
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
>
> Brendan
>
>
>
> On Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM, Hannibal Hamlin <
> hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Friends and colleagues,
>
>
>
> I realize this is a bit of a cheat (I do have ideas of my own), but I'm
> curious to know what you all think might be the essential reading on
> Milton's allegorical Sin in PL. I have a senior undergrad interested in
> writing a thesis on the topic. We had a discussion of Sin on the list not
> too long ago, so many of you may have ideas fresh in mind.
>
>
>
> Yours gratefully,
>
>
>
> Hannibal
>
>
>
>
>
> --
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> Hannibal Hamlin
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Hannibal Hamlin
Associate Professor of English
Author of *The Bible in Shakespeare*, now available through all good
bookshops, or direct from Oxford University Press at
http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199677610.do
Editor, *Reformation*
The Ohio State University
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