[Milton-L] Milton's Satan, live

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 15:01:21 EST 2015


Perhaps tangentially related, but hopefully of interest to some, is this
book I keep meaning to read (Sardonic Smile: Nonverbal Behavior in Homeric
Epic):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sardonic-Smile-Nonverbal-Behavior-Homeric/dp/0472084909/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1423771150&sr=1-9&keywords=sardonic+smile

On 12 February 2015 at 19:41, Duran, Angelica A <duran0 at purdue.edu> wrote:

>   Wow! What a pairing. I definitely will use both webpages when I teach
> the "ENGL444: Milton” course next.
>
>  With fond memories of John Leonard reading some of Satan’s parts (if I
> am remembering correctly) and Dennis Danielson reading some of Abdiel’s
> parts (which I know I am remembering correctly) at the 2008 marathon
> reading associated with the seminar at Stanford dedicated to J. Martin
> Evans in 2008.
>
>   --
>  Adios,
> Angelica
>
>
>   From: John K Leonard <jleonard at uwo.ca>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 2:34 PM
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Milton's Satan, live
>
>   I recently came across similar images of Hitler practising rhetorical
> gestures before a photographer. Some of his arm gestures resemble
> those that Angelica's source attaches to Satan (especially the 'linked
> thunderbolts' move):
>
>
> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2679618/Hitlers-call-arms-How-Fuhrer-photographer-help-practice-extreme-hand-gestures-body-language.html
>
>
>
> Oddly, the PL sequence has Satan's arms raised when he utters the word
> "descending" (Johnson would have had fun with that).  Hitler looks a total
> berk. In several of the photos he looks like a parody of a break dancer.
> These were "practice" photos, taken by a personal friend, not intended for
> public distribution. Hitler was embarrassed by the images and felt the need
> to practise some more. Not hard to see why. I wonder if Satan had
> similar rehearsals with Beelzebub and felt the need for "retakes".
>
> John Leonard
>
>
>
>
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> *From:* milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [
> milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] on behalf of Duran, Angelica A [
> duran0 at purdue.edu]
> *Sent:* Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:53 AM
> *To:* John Milton Discussion List
> *Subject:* [Milton-L] Milton's Satan, live
>
>
>
>
>
>    Dear scholars,
>
>  My German Department colleague shared the following webpage that shows
> some gestures to accompany one of the PL Satan speeches
>
> http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/speech-of-satan-to-his-legions-with-gestures/
>
>  It reminds me of early modern French stage acting handbooks that I
> remember being exposed to in a World Lit course I took. I might have my
> Autumn 2015 undergrad “Milton” course students perform it. Tell me if you
> have them do it this semesters, and pass on any pointers. I did it in my
> office: very fun.
>
>   --
>  Adios,
> Angelica Duran
> Professor, English and Comparative Literature
> Director, Religious Studies (2009-13)
> 500 Oval Drive ­ Heavilon Hall
> Purdue University
> West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 USA
>
>  <duran0 at purdue.edu>
> <http://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/directory/index.aspx?p=Angelica_Duran>
>
>
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