[Milton-L] Milton Mentioned . . .

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 19:08:19 EDT 2014


I just noticed that I neglected to provide a link, but I have the link in
today's blog entry:

http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.kr/2014/10/miltons-satan-how-awful-goodness-is.html

Jeffery Hodges

On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 2:11 AM, Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Today's NYT Book Reviews has a full and lovely review of "Lila" by Diane
> Johnson. This paragraph stood out to me:
>
> Central to all the novel’s characters are matters of high literary
> seriousness — the basic considerations of the human condition; the moral
> problems of existence; the ache of being abandoned; the struggles of the
> aging; the role of the Bible and God in daily life. It’s courageous of
> Robinson to write about faith at a time when associations with religion are
> so often negative and violent. And goodness, a property Midwesterners like
> to think of as a regional birthright, is even harder than piety to convey
> without succumbing to the temptation to charge it with sanctimony or
> hypocrisy. That is not the effect of this lovely narrative.
>
> It sounds to /me as if the last Miltonic word on this book might be from
> III.470-71: O Goodness infinite, Goodness immense,/ That all this good of
> evil shall produce. ..."
>
> In any event I'll read "Lila."
>
>
> http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/books/review/lila-by-marilynne-robinson.html?emc=edit_bk_20141003&nl=books&nlid=25711871&_r=0
>
> Nancy Charlton
>
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 3:38 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
> horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Wyatt Mason interviews Marilynne Robinson and reports back in "The
>> Revelations of Marilynne Robinson" (*NYT*, October 1, 2014), in which
>> there is a brief allusion to Milton:
>>
>> The drama of how a human mind can become an inhospitable home to its
>> owner is old and well documented. “The mind is its own place,” Milton gives
>> Satan to say in “Paradise Lost,” “and in itself can make a heaven of hell,
>> a hell of heaven.” But in Robinson’s new novel, that drama is renewed,
>> Robinson managing her most daring, as she would put it, testimony. If, in
>> “Gilead,” Lila is mentioned by name only once by her reverend husband, the
>> 77-year-old John Ames, in “Lila,” we now hear from the woman herself.
>>
>>
>> This seems to be Mason's musing, but he applies it to Robinson's writing
>> in her recent novel, *Lila*.
>>
>> Jeffery Hodges
>>
>> Ewha Womans University
>> Seoul, South Korea
>>
>>
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>>
>>
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>>
>> Blog: http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ (*Gypsy Scholar*)
>>
>>
>> Doctoral Thesis: "Food as Synecdoche in the Gospel of John and Gnostic
>> Texts"
>>
>>
>> Ph.D., History, U.C. Berkeley
>> M.A., History of Science, U.C. Berkeley
>> B.A., English Language and Literature, Baylor University
>>
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