A Brief History of English Literature by John Peck

By John Peck

A full of life introductory consultant to English literature from Beowulf to the current day. The authors write of their frequently lucid sort and current the texts in terms of their social, political and cultural contexts. transparent and concise, the up to date moment version now encompasses a new ultimate bankruptcy on twenty-first century literature.

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In fact, by the time Adam and Eve leave the Garden, it too has been despoiled. Michael, therefore, explains their expulsion as a logical, rather than simply a natural, consequence: they must leave physically lest the physical Garden mislead them to idolatry as they seek to memorialize their former happiness. 352–53) as they move out into the postlapsarian world. The God in Paradise Lost fathers abundantly in all senses of the word. 311–12). The “intense, emotionally connected cooperation and creativity necessary for human life and growth” ( J.

99). They also share the task of witnessing to God’s goodness in order to educate others. In order to further his creatures’ moral and spiritual growth, the God in Paradise Lost has organized Creation in a system of relationships arranged in layers of what the feminist psychologist Jean Baker Miller defines as “temporary inequality”: “the lesser party is socially defined as unequal” (4). 469–71). 490), those spheres and degrees are not permanent. All things should develop toward God. Tellingly, Milton has Raphael describe this emanation as a tree, rather than as a chain.

Parenting, like teaching, is a process leading toward its own obsolescence, toward the child taking his or her place in the community of fully grown persons. In Paradise Lost, being God is like being a parent: it requires emotional investment and selflessness, but also, and most importantly, self-restraint. The God in Paradise Lost is affectionate and effective: he nurtures his children, develops their intelligence, their judgment, and their confidence, challenges them in ways appropriate to their individual developmental levels, and leads them toward autonomous adulthood.

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