[Milton-L] Adam et Eve

David Urban dvu2 at calvin.edu
Tue Sep 22 21:25:33 EDT 2015


Thank you Brendan--I hope to use this when I teach PL 4/5 next week.


Best,


David


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Let us not forget this fascinating work by Klimt, The Tree of LIfe (1908), from the "Stoclet Frieze":

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_UNWkEiB34M/VUZRFwNjQdI/AAAAAAAAAEA/RC-vqwXpGG0/s1600/albero-della-vita-di-klimt.jpg

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 that is.

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!

Brendan



On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 4:21 PM, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com<mailto: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<mailto:rastrier at uchicago.edu>> wrote:
Well, she is gorgeous.  One sympathizes with Adam.  Might well be worth losing Eden for.

RS
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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.
Michael

2015-09-22 14:17 GMT-04:00 Nancy Charlton <charltonwordorder1 at gmail.com<mailto: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: http://dantebea.com/category/peintures-dessins/gustav-klimt/

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Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety
Continuum 2010
http://jamesrovira.com/blake-and-kierkegaard-creation-and-anxiety/
Text, Identity, Subjectivity
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