Lecture 10 - God and Mammon: The Wealth of Literary Memory << previous session | next session >>Overview:This second lecture onParadise Lostlooks at hell and its inhabitants, as depicted in Books I and II. Milton'sstruggle both to match and outdo his literary predecessors is examined by way of allusions to the works ofHomer and Edmund Spenser, particularly the cave of Mammon episode in Book Two of The Faerie Queene.The presence of classical mythological figures, such as Medusa and Mulciber, in the Christian hell ofParadise Lostis pondered, along with early distinctions in the poem, frequently blurred, between good andevil, beautiful and ugly, and heaven and hell.Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose.(Hughes):Paradise Lost, Books I and IIAdditional reading:Spenser, The Faerie Queene
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