[Milton-L] Adam et Eve
brendanprawdzik at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 20:21:17 EDT 2015
Let us not forget this fascinating work by Klimt, *The Tree of LIfe *(1908),
from the "Stoclet Frieze":
The case could be made that this painting is inspired by Milton's epic
(particularly Book 4) and that it suggests a sophisticated reading of what
might crudely be referred to as the double-consciousness of Eve.
The black bird in the Tree appears to be a cormorant, and we all know who
It is as though the moment that Satan arrives and imposes gender
differentiation upon the couple (cf. Nyquist's "The Genesis of Gendered
Subjectivity in *PL"*), Eve's own perspective on her wedded bliss splits,
as she is now both *with* Adam and *below* him, both there and not.
Upon the jealously leering Eve to the left appears impressed something like
the emotion by which Satan-as-cormorant views the wedded bliss of those
"imparadis't in each other's arms."
Oh Hell, what do mine eyes in grief behold!
On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 4:21 PM, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com> wrote:
> Weirdly, her left hand appears unfinished.
> Jim R
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 4:12 PM, Richard A. Strier <rastrier at uchicago.edu>
>> Well, she is gorgeous. One sympathizes with Adam. Might well be worth
>> losing Eden for.
>> *From:* milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [
>> milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] on behalf of Michael Gillum [
>> mgillum at unca.edu]
>> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 22, 2015 1:57 PM
>> *To:* John Milton Discussion List
>> *Subject:* Re: [Milton-L] Adam et Eve
>> The whole picture shows Eve in full frontal nudity. It's a little bit
>> Miltonic in that "Shee as a vail down to the slender waste / Her
>> unadorned golden tresses wore / Disheveld"--also in that it implies the
>> emotional subjection that Adam confesses and Raphael warns against.
>> I don't recall any other blondes in the Klimt oeuvre.
>> 2015-09-22 14:17 GMT-04:00 Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com>:
>>> I can't get only the link to come up, but I thought you all might like
>>> this. -- Nancy Charlton
>>> Gustav Klimt. Adam et Eve 1917 (Détail)
>>> Plus sur le travail de GUSTAV KLIMT ici:
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> Dr. James Rovira
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> Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety
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> Text, Identity, Subjectivity
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Dr. Brendan Prawdzik
Penn State University
BA Rutgers University, 2001
PhD The University of California, Berkeley, 2009
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