Milton's Imperial Epic: Paradise Lost and the Discourse of Colonialism

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Introduction
1.
Paradise Lost. Books IX-X ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973), P.47.
2.
Honour book, New Golden Land ( New York: Random House, 1975), was based on the bicentennial exhibit of European representations of America which the author prepared for the National Gallery in Washington and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Chiappelli's two-volume collection, First Images of America: The Impact of the New World on the Old ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1976), grew out of a bicentennial conference held at UCLA.
3.
Wayne Franklin, Discoverers, Explorers, Settlers ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979); Tzvetan Todorov, The Conquest of America: The Question of the Other, tr. Richard Howard ( New York: Harper and Row, 1984); Peter Hulme, Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797 ( London: Methuen, 1986); Stephen J. Greenblatt, Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World ( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991); Eric Cheyfitz, The Poetics of Imperialism ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991); Jeffrey Knapp, An Empire Nowhere. England, America, and Literature from Utopia to the Tempest ( Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), P.7; J. H.Elliott, The Old World and the New, 1492-1650 ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1970); Anthony Pagden, European Encounters with the New World ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993).
4.
In a footnote Greenblatt observes that "Milton is, at least by implication, a brilliant reader of the discourse of discovery" ( Marvelous Possessions, p. 156), but he does not develop the point at any length. To the best of my knowledge, the only scholars who have explored the links between Paradise Lost and the colonization of the New World in any detail are Jackie DiSalvo and William C. Spengemann. In her paper " 'In narrow circuit

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Abbreviations xi
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - The Colonial Idea 10
  • 2 - The Colony 30
  • 3 - The Colonists 60
  • 4 - The Colonized 86
  • 5 - The Narrator 112
  • Conclusion 141
  • Notes 149
  • Bibliography 175
  • Index 189
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