ENGL 220 - Lecture 16 - Paradise Lost, Books VII-VIII

Lecture 16 - Paradise Lost, Books VII-VIII

Overview

This lecture on Books Seven and Eight of Paradise Lost focuses on Milton's account of the Creation. The poet's persistent interest in the imagery of digestion is explored with help from the proto-scientific theories of the seventeenth-century philosopher Paracelsus. The moment at which Milton names and assigns a gender to his muse is examined. Finally, Milton's use of gender in the Creation account is explored in light of previous discussions of the poem's complex sexual hierarchy; particular emphasis is placed on Raphael's similarly gendered account of celestial hierarchy in Book Eight.

Resources

Assignment

John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes): 
Paradise Lost, Books VII-VIII 
On Christian Doctrine, pp. 973-82

Bible: Genesis 1-3

For Section Discussion:

John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose. (Hughes): 
Paradise Lost, Books V-VIII

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