[Milton-L] "Four-Letter Words"

Bryson, Michael E michael.bryson at csun.edu
Fri Apr 18 17:56:43 EDT 2014

It might be time to note that such "aberrant behaviors" are not really aberrant, given that they are commonly found in the human species as well as a number of other mammalian species (including primates, bats, and others--similar activity has been observed in dolphins). I am, for a number of reasons, wary of Lewis' word "perversions," though I recognize that he would probably have considered himself a member in good standing of "certain circles." But that all relates "to the life we live." 

Though I suppose the Bats and Dolphins are fallen, sinful creatures given over wholly to lust these days. Poor dears. 

Michael Bryson
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Carol Barton Wrote:  Salwa, I know you addressed your comments to John, but
I can't resist asking (so I hope you will forgive me the intrusion): if
Milton seriously intended to introduce what in some circles are still
considered aberrant sexual behaviors--fellatio being after all a species of
Onanism, in that it ensures that procreation will not occur--why would he
have done so in Eden, and why would he have so degraded his heretofore
exemplary human pair, knowing (because the pre-narrative dictates it) that
they are about to be redeemed? The Satan/Sin/Death triad overtly involves
incest (and so, to a far less blatant and I believe less intentional degree,
does Adam's coupling with Eve); but the former is framed to evoke our
disgust, whereas in the latter case, the de facto incest isn't even


O.K. Then the discussion is strictly limited to the construal of a text and
has no necessary relevance to the life we live.


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