[Milton-L] Milton Mentioned . . .

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 23:38:16 EDT 2014


I think that's what Nancy meant in saying "a full and lovely review of
'Lila' by Diane Johnson," but I can see how the expression can be
misunderstood.

Better would be "Diane Johnson's full and lovely review of *Lila*."

Jeffery Hodges

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 12:32 PM, Sara van den Berg <vandens at slu.edu> wrote:

> I have always been a fan of Diane Johnson's fiction, but *Lila* is the
> work of Marilynne Robinson--another terrific writer.
>
> Sara van den Berg
>
> On Sat, Oct 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <
> horacejeffery at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> 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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>>>> of Beer*)
>>>>
>>>>
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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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