Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Miltons Irony Victoria Silver

ISBN: 9780691044873

Published: June 18th 2001

Hardcover

409 pages


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Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Miltons Irony  by  Victoria Silver

Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Miltons Irony by Victoria Silver
June 18th 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 409 pages | ISBN: 9780691044873 | 6.50 Mb

Why do we hate Miltons God? Victoria Silver reengages with a perennial problem in Milton studies, one whose genealogy dates back at least to the Romantics, but which finds its most cogent modern expression in William Empsons revulsion at MiltonsMoreWhy do we hate Miltons God? Victoria Silver reengages with a perennial problem in Milton studies, one whose genealogy dates back at least to the Romantics, but which finds its most cogent modern expression in William Empsons revulsion at Miltons God and Stanley Fishs defense.Thoroughly reexamining Miltons theology and its sources in Luther and Calvin, as well as theoretical parallels in the works of Wittgenstein, Cavell, Adorno, and Benjamin, Silver contends that this repugnance is not extrinsic but deliberately cultivated in the theodicy of Paradise Lost.

From the vantage of a world riven by injustice, deity can appear to contradict its own revelation, with the result that we experience a God divided against himself. For as Job found in his sufferings, that God appears more ruse than redeemer. Miltons irony recreates this religious predicament in Paradise Lost to the intractable perplexity of his readers, who have in their turn fashioned an equally dissociated Milton--at once unconscious and calculating, heterodox and doctrinaire, heroic and intolerable.Silver argues that, ultimately, these contrary Gods and antithetical Miltons arise from the sense we want to give the speakers justification, which rather than ratifying our assumptions of meaning and the incoherence they foster, seeks fundamentally to reform them and thus to justify Gods ways.



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