Lecture 14 - Paradise Lost, Book IV << previous session| next session >>Overview:This lecture examines Book Four's depiction of Adam and Eve and the sexual politics of life in Eden.Seventeenth-century political theory, particularly the work of Thomas Hobbes, is considered with a focus onthen-contemporary theories of the structure and government of the first human societies. Critical perspectiveson what have variously been proposed as sexist and feminist elements of Milton's Eden are surveyed.Milton's struggle with the problem of depicting an unfallen world to a fallen audience is closely detailed. Thelecture concludes with a study of Rembrandt's 1638 drawing, "Adam and Eve."Reading assignment:John Milton. Complete Poems and Major Prose.(Hughes):Paradise Lost, Book IVThe Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2012 for the course ENGL 220 taught by Professor Rogers during the Fall '08 term at Yale.