By Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich
The essays during this quantity deliver less than scrutiny conventional interpretations of what's commonly thought of Milton's final poem. As such the essays in changing Eyes are an imitation of the writings they might light up, that is to claim that they're "methodologically adventurous, " no longer simply "assimilative, " and should do the type of paintings that a lot Milton feedback of modern many years has resisted. glaring in most of these essays is a deep alliance, an interdependency among heritage, literature, and idea. right here philosophy and psychology, overseas legislation, economics, ethics, felony thought, aesthetics and biblical hermeneutics, the legislation of style and normal modifications, republican politics, comparative faith all come into play. as a result of the paths they pursue and the serious methodologies they install, those 11 essays revise not just earlier feedback but in addition each other with the identify of this quantity, changing Eyes, in its invocation of Blake's clever injunction that the attention changing alters all, serving as their highbrow and methodological, paradigm.
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Rushdy’s often brilliant observations are ﬁnely elaborated in The Empty Garden: The Subject of Late Milton (Pittsburgh and London: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992). 29. Knoppers, ‘‘ ‘Sung and Proverb’d for a Fool’: Samson Agonistes and Solomon’s Harlot,’’ Milton Studies 26 (1990): 249. 30. Knoppers, Historicizing Milton, 10, 43, 61, 11–12. 31. Lana F. C. and London: Duke University Press, 1995), 42, 223, 170, 189. 32. Victoria Kahn, ‘‘Political Theology and Reason of State in Samson Agonistes,’’ South Atlantic Quarterly 95 (fall 1996): 1066, 1069, 1067, 1086–87.
Both Wittreich, Interpreting ‘‘Samson Agonistes,’’ chapter 7, and Shawcross, ‘‘Paradise Regain’d,’’107–11 discuss the interpretive implications of the volume’s ordering. 18. ’’ This single change hardly indicates that Milton supervised the printing. For a complete list of variants and errata, see vol. 4 of John Milton’s Complete Poetical Works Reproduced .......................... 9236$$ $CH1 05-14-02 10:23:31 PS 50 ALTERING EYES in Photographic Facsimile, ed. Harris Francis Fletcher, 4 vols. : University of Illinois Press, 1943–48).
The only difference between the integral and canceled leaf that has been discovered is that the inserted page incorrectly reads ‘‘79’’ instead of ‘‘70’’ for the page number on N3v. See K. A. Coleridge, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Milton Collection in the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980), 217. Presumably, the text on the integral leaf is the result of a stop-press correction, with the inserted cancel replacing an earlier, uncorrected reading.
Altering Eyes: New Perspectives on Samson Agonistes by Mark R. Kelley, Joseph Wittreich