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Title: Milton's Military Heaven Revisited
Contributor(s): Bedford, RD (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: Among the several ways of reading the episode of the War in Heaven in 'Paradise Lost' there has been a view, since at least Voltaire, that the account is mock epic, and therefore satirical or ironic. Exactly how the satire in the narrative of the War in Heaven works, or who or what is being mocked, and with what effect and to what ends, has been the subject of much discussion. Since Milton's eighteenth-century commentators, the War has been predominantly glossed in terms of its relation to biblical analogues, classical epic analogues (Homer, Virgil, Statius, Lucan), and occasionally Renaissance analogues (Tasso, Ariosto, Vondel, Spenser), and has therefore been engaged with primarily at the level of allusively literacy rather than - despite the poem's appearance in a post-civil war context - the historically local, contemporary and circumstantial.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 106(November), p. 123-148
Publisher: Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association
Place of Publication: Sydney
ISSN: 0001-2793
Field of Research (FOR): 050205 Environmental Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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