Spenser, Milton, and the redemption of the epic hero

Christopher Bond

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 the relationship between the poems' primary heroes, Arthur and the Son, who are godlike, virtuous, and powerful, and the secondary heroes, Redcrosse and Adam, who are human, fallible, and weak. He looks back at the development of this pattern of dual heroism in classical, Medieval, and Italian Renaissance literature, investigates the ways in which Spenser and Milton adapted the model, and demonstrates how the Jesus of Paradise Regained can be seen as the culmination of this tradition. Challenging the opposition between "Calvinist," "allegorical" Spenser and "Arminian," "dramatic" Milton, this book offers a new account of their doctrinal and literary affinities within the European epic tradition. Arguing that Spenser influenced Milton in fundamental ways, Bond establishes a firmer structural and thematic link between the two authors, and shows how they transformed a strongly antifeminist genre by the addition of a crucial, although at times ambivalent, heroine. He also proposes solutions to some of the most difficult and controversial theological cruxes posed by these poems, in particular Spenser's attitude to free will and Milton's to the Trinity. By providing a deeper understanding of the religious agendas of these epics, this book encourages a rapprochement between scholarly approaches that are too narrowly concerned with either theology or poetics.

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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 the relationship between the poems' primary heroes, Arthur and the Son, who are godlike, virtuous, and powerful, and the secondary heroes, Redcrosse and Adam, who are human, fallible, and weak. He looks back at the development of this pattern of dual heroism in classical, Medieval, and Italian Renaissance literature, investigates the ways in which Spenser and Milton adapted the model, and demonstrates how the Jesus of Paradise Regained can be seen as the culmination of this tradition. Challenging the opposition between 'Calvinist,' 'allegorical' Spenser and 'Arminian,' 'dramatic' Milton, this book offers a new account of their doctrinal and literary affinities within the European epic tradition. Arguing that Spenser influenced Milton in fundamental ways, Bond establishes a firmer structural and thematic link between the two authors, and shows how they transformed a strongly antifeminist genre by the addition of a crucial, although at times ambivalent, heroine. He also proposes solutions to some of the most difficult and controversial theological cruxes posed by these poems, in particular Spenser's attitude to free will and Milton's to the Trinity. By providing a deeper understanding of the religious agendas of these epics, this book encourages a rapprochement between scholarly approaches that are too narrowly concerned with either theology or poetics.

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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 the relationship between the poems' primary heroes, Arthur and the Son, who are godlike, virtuous, and powerful, and the secondary heroes, Redcrosse and Adam, who are human, fallible, and weak. He looks back at the development of this pattern of dual heroism in classical, Medieval, and Italian Renaissance literature, investigates the ways in which Spenser and Milton adapted the model, and demonstrates how the Jesus of Paradise Regained can be seen as the culmination of this tradition. Challenging the opposition between "Calvinist," "allegorical" Spenser and "Arminian," "dramatic" Milton, this book offers a new account of their doctrinal and literary affinities within the European epic tradition. Arguing that Spenser influenced Milton in fundamental ways, Bond establishes a firmer structural and thematic link between the two authors, and shows how they transformed a strongly antifeminist genre by the addition of a crucial, although at times ambivalent, heroine. He also proposes solutions to some of the most difficult and controversial theological cruxes posed by these poems, in particular Spenser's attitude to free will and Milton's to the Trinity. By providing a deeper understanding of the religious agendas of these epics, this book encourages a rapprochement between scholarly approaches that are too narrowly concerned with either theology or poetics.

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[目次]

  • 1 Note on References 2 Introduction Chapter 3 One: The Two Heroes of Epic Chapter 4 Two: The Transformation of Epic Heroism in the Italian Renaissance Chapter 5 Three: The Legend of Holiness and the Fall of Man Chapter 6 Four: The Salvation of Adam and the Redcrosse Knight Chapter 7 Five: Spenser's Arthur: The Education of a Christian Prince Chapter 8 Six: The Evolving Perfection of Milton's Christ 9 Epilogue:The Two Heroes of Wordsworth's Prelude 10 List of Works Cited

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[目次]

  • 1 Note on References 2 Introduction Chapter 3 One: The Two Heroes of Epic Chapter 4 Two: The Transformation of Epic Heroism in the Italian Renaissance Chapter 5 Three: The Legend of Holiness and the Fall of Man Chapter 6 Four: The Salvation of Adam and the Redcrosse Knight Chapter 7 Five: Spenser's Arthur: The Education of a Christian Prince Chapter 8 Six: The Evolving Perfection of Milton's Christ 9 Epilogue:The Two Heroes of Wordsworth's Prelude 10 List of Works Cited

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[目次]

  • 1 Note on References 2 Introduction Chapter 3 One: The Two Heroes of Epic Chapter 4 Two: The Transformation of Epic Heroism in the Italian Renaissance Chapter 5 Three: The Legend of Holiness and the Fall of Man Chapter 6 Four: The Salvation of Adam and the Redcrosse Knight Chapter 7 Five: Spenser's Arthur: The Education of a Christian Prince Chapter 8 Six: The Evolving Perfection of Milton's Christ 9 Epilogue:The Two Heroes of Wordsworth's Prelude 10 List of Works Cited

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書名 Spenser, Milton, and the redemption of the epic hero
著作者等 Bond Christopher
出版元 University of Delaware Press
刊行年月 2011
ページ数 xvii, 241 p.
大きさ 23-24 cm
ISBN 9781611490671
9781611494655
9781611490664
NCID BB0926963X
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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