Remembering and Repeating
Biblical Creation in 'Paradise Lost'
By (author) Regina M. Schwartz
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Remembering and Repeating by Regina M. Schwartz
Book DescriptionDespite Milton's preoccupation with origins, these elude him: his creation stories are always mediated. Even the creation of the universe is not depicted as a single event that occurred once and for all time in a distant past; instead, world-order must be perpetually reasserted, before the ever present threat of chaos. That description of Milton's universe also applies to his other creation, the poem, where the chaos that forever threatens is the abyss of interpretation. Milton's creations are not asserted despite this threat, but because of it; that is, chaos does not simply threaten to undo order, for chaos inheres in it. While Milton's inability to discover a privileged origin allies him with postmodernism - and so this study, originally published in 1988, engages thinkers like Freud, Nietzsche, Derrida, and Lacan - that insight is far more ancient. According to Regina Schwartz, the Bible offers Milton his pattern of repeated beginnings.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521343572
(216mm x 138mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Feb-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Regina M. Schwartz
Loving Justice, Living Shakespeare, Hardback (November 2016)
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Remembering and Repeating, Paperback (March 2011)
A 1988 study of Milton's preoccupation with origins and how these elude him.
Transcendence, Paperback (May 2004)
This volume addresses a sophisticated conceptual problem that has had strong currency in recent theological and philosophical arguments - the relationship of transcendence to power.
Desire in the Renaissance, Paperback (October 1994)» View all books by Regina M. Schwartz
Offers discussions of the ways the 'inner life' is depicted in the Renaissance and the ways it is shown to interact with the 'external' social and economic spheres. This volume features essays focusing on the fluidity of gender, the economics of sexual and sibling rivalry, the power of the visual, and the cultural echoes of the uncanny.
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