[Milton-L] Lyric Apocalypse: Milton, Marvell and the Nature of Events

Charles Woodhead charleswoodhead at combinedacademic.co.uk
Fri Nov 7 06:07:03 EST 2014


[9780823263479]<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/lyric-apocalypse>Lyric Apocalypse<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/lyric-apocalypse>

Milton, Marvell, and the Nature of Events<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/lyric-apocalypse>

Ryan Netzley

   "Lyric Apocalypse is a fine piece of work: timely, original, and persuasive-a powerful combination of theoretical argument with illuminating close reading. Netzely's sensitivity to verbal and syntactical alternatives is remarkable."-Judith H. Anderson, Indiana University
   "Netzley offers a theoretically sophisticated contemplation of the relationship between lyric and history. As he shows, lyric's concern with the momentary and evental holds the potential to disrupt historical narrativization, which in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is also the potential to query the Providential and the prophetic. This book ought to be read by scholars of Milton and Marvell, and will be appreciated well beyond early modern studies for an approach to lyric poetry informed by the work of Agamben, Adorno, and Deleuze and Guattari."-Feisal Mohamed, author of Milton and the Post-Secular Present
   What's new about the apocalypse? Revelation does not allow us to look back after the end and enumerate pivotal turning points. It happens in an immediate encounter with the transformatively new. John Milton's and Andrew Marvell's lyrics attempt to render the experience of such an apocalyptic change in the present. In this respect they take seriously the Reformation's insistence that eschatology is a historical phenomenon. Yet these poets are also reacting to the Regicide, and, as a result, their works explore very modern questions about the nature of events, what it means for a significant historical occasion to happen.
  Lyric Apocalypse argues that Milton's and Marvell's lyrics challenge any retrospective understanding of events, including one built on a theory of revolution. Instead, these poems show that there is no "after" to the apocalypse, that if we are going to talk about change, we should do so in the present, when there is still time to do something about it. For both of these poets, lyric becomes a way to imagine an apocalyptic event that would be both hopeful and new.

Fordham University Press

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[9780804776516]<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/milton-and-the-post-secular-present>Milton and the Post-Secular Present<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/milton-and-the-post-secular-present>

Ethics, Politics, Terrorism<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/milton-and-the-post-secular-present>
Feisal Mohamed
   "The series in which Mohamed's book appears, Stanford University Press's Cultural Memory in the Present, fosters approaches from innovative theoretical perspectives, and at first glance this seems an unlikely street address for a book on Milton. But on second glance, it is entirely right: Mohamed aims for a critique of current skepticism of anti-foundationalist philosophers through readings of Milton, and his highly original book offers critical reflection on both Milton and the theorists. This is, indeed, a captivatingly eclectic little book, engaging maturely with contemporary issues relevant to the humanities by way of Milton, and it has wide implications beyond Milton studies."-Sharon Achinstein, Review of English Studies
   "Faisal G. Mohamed has written about this question before, and he expands on his views here. . . [T]he book moves steadily towards the discussion of 'Samson Agonistes', and these are the clearest and most convincing chapters. . . Mohamed's analysis here is subtle and strong."-Neil Forsyth, Times Literary Supplement
   Our post-secular present, argues Feisal Mohamed, has much to learn from our pre-secular past. Through a consideration of poet and polemicist John Milton, this book explores current post-secularity, an emerging category that it seeks to clarify and critique. It examines ethical and political engagement grounded in belief, with particular reference to the thought of Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida, Jürgen Habermas, and Gayatri C. Spivak. Taken to an extreme, such engagement produces the cult of the suicide bomber. But the suicide bomber has also served as a convenient bogey for those wishing to distract us from the violence in Western and Christian traditions and for those who would dismiss too easily the vigorous iconoclasm that belief can produce. More than any other poet, Milton alerts us to both anti-humane and liberationist aspects of belief and shows us relevant dynamics of language by which such commitment finds expression.

Stanford University Press

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