Altering Eyes: New Perspectives on Samson Agonistes by Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich

By Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich

The essays during this quantity deliver lower than scrutiny conventional interpretations of what's greatly thought of Milton's final poem. As such the essays in changing Eyes are an imitation of the writings they might remove darkness from, that is to claim that they're "methodologically adventurous, " no longer in simple terms "assimilative, " and may do the type of paintings that a lot Milton feedback of contemporary a long time has resisted. obtrusive in these kinds of essays is a deep alliance, an interdependency among background, literature, and conception. right here philosophy and psychology, foreign legislations, economics, ethics, felony concept, aesthetics and biblical hermeneutics, the legislation of style and everyday alterations, republican politics, comparative faith all come into play. as a result paths they pursue and the serious methodologies they install, those 11 essays revise not just prior feedback but in addition each other with the name of this quantity, changing Eyes, in its invocation of Blake's clever injunction that the attention changing alters all, serving as their highbrow and methodological, paradigm.

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Balachandra Rajan, ‘‘ ‘To Which Is Added Samson Agonistes—,’ ’’ in The Prison and the Pinnacle: Papers to Commemorate the Tercentenary of ‘‘Paradise Regained’’ and ‘‘Samson Agonistes,’’ 1671–1971, ed. Balanchandra Rajan (Toronto and Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1973), 82–110; this quotation, 98. 4. See Mary Ann Radzinowicz, Toward ‘‘Samson Agonistes’’: The Growth of Milton’s Mind (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978), 227–60; John T. Shawcross, ‘‘Paradise Regain’d’’: Worthy T’Have Not Remain’d So Long Unsung (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1988), 102–15; and Joseph Wittreich, Interpreting ‘‘Samson Agonistes’’ (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986), 329–85; this quotation, 349.

Readers of the 1671 volume, however, may have been initially confused by the Omissa’s hopeful sentiment. Because the pages of Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes are numbered separately, the first edition contains two page 89s. Coming across the directions at the back of the book, readers might try incorporating the missing text into either poem—especially if, according to convention, they were writing-in the corrections before they .......................... 9236$$ $CH1 05-14-02 10:23:21 PS PARADISE REGAIN’D AND SAMSON AGONISTES 39 began reading and could not immediately recognize the speech prefixes, Man.

31. Lana F. C. and London: Duke University Press, 1995), 42, 223, 170, 189. 32. Victoria Kahn, ‘‘Political Theology and Reason of State in Samson Agonistes,’’ South Atlantic Quarterly 95 (fall 1996): 1066, 1069, 1067, 1086–87. 33. See John Steadman, ‘‘Efficient Casuality and the Catastrophe in Samson Agonistes,’’ Milton Studies 28 (1992): 211. 9236$$ INTR 05-14-02 10:22:59 PS Text and Context for Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes STEPHEN B. DOBRANSKI EVEN A CURSORY, BIBLIOGRAPHICAL EXAMINATION OF PARADISE Regain’d and Samson Agonistes indicates that the two poems were designed to be published together in 1671.

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