Spenser, Milton, and the Redemption of the Epic Hero (Paperback)
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Spenser, Milton, and the Redemption of the Epic Hero (Paperback)

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This book studies the interplay of theology and poetics in the three great epics of early modern England, the Faerie Queene, Paradise Lost, and Paradise Regained. Bond examines how Spenser and Milton adapted the pattern of dual heroism developed in classical and Medieval works. Challenging the opposition between "Calvinist," "allegorical" Spenser and "Arminian," "dramatic" Milton, this book offers a new understanding of their doctrinal and literary affinities within the European epic tradition.

Publisher: University of Delaware Press
ISBN: 9781611494655
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 226 x 152 x 19 mm


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A scholar of both English literature and law, Bond (formerly Yale and Univ. of London, UK) identifies a previously unexamined pattern of dual heroism in the epic poems of Edmund Spenser and John Milton: the use of both a primary hero with perfect virtue and great physical strength and a weaker secondary hero who is human and fallible. The author sees the roots of this epic pattern in Lucan, Langland, and Tasso but finds that Spenser and Milton developed it far beyond their predecessors. Bond devotes a third of the book to a detailed comparison of Book I of Spenser's The Faerie Queene and Books 9 and 10 of Milton's Paradise Lost, firmly establishing Spenser's influence on Milton. Among other things, Bond finds that both poets challenge the antifeminist bias of earlier epics, with Una leading Redcrosse back to spiritual health and Eve doing the same for Adam. Other chapters explore Spenser's Arthur and the depiction of Christ in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. Well-written and accessible, this insightful study will reward students and scholars at every level. Extensive notes follow each chapter, with a cumulative bibliography at the end. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. * CHOICE *
Christopher Bond offers an alternative to the synchronic and political approach to Milton in Spenser, Milton, and the Redemption of the Epic Hero. Concerned with the relationship between poetic structure and didacticism, Bond situates the two poets in a European tradition dating back to Homer and pays rewarding attention to Dante, Tasso, and Italian literary debates....This book offers more than a passionate, often eloquent account of Kant's intellectual development. Budick explores this problem in the context of a broader cultural contest over Milton's legacy, one that pitted Kant's reverence for Milton against Johann Gottfried Herder's tone-deaf championship of Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock. Romanticists and comparatists will gall in love with this book. * American Behavioral Scientist *
This is an engaging book, and is notable for the sense in which, throughout his comparative analysis, Bond is keen to explore not just how narrative poetry works (the development of its stories and characters) but how it works in relation to religious doctrine, and thus its didactic impetus. * The Year's Work In English Studies *

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