Lecture 18 - Paradise Lost, Books IX-X << previous session | next session >>Overview:This second lecture on the Fall traces Milton's use of the word wander, in all of its forms, across the poem.The transformation of wanderfrom its pre-fallen sense to its more nefarious incarnation following thetransgression is examined closely. The wider literary context of the concept of wandering, with particularemphasis placed on its importance to the romance genre, is briefly discussed. The reductive forces of BookNine -- particularly its tendency to transform the moral ambivalence, disputed sexual hierarchy, and generalpoetic ambiguity of earlier books into more definitive representations -- are considered, with the lecture
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