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Throughout these discussions the logic of abjection reveals how the forces that fracture mythic creation and political homelands are felt at the microcosmic level, upon the body. Abjection also serves to show how such concerns enter into speech, especially in the form of poetry that carries artistic, intellectual, and corporeal energy across centuries. In a brief coda to the first chapter I argue that Milton’s necessarily imperfect efforts to banish rhyme from his epic perform at the level of linguistic creation the pattern of combating and internalizing cultural impurity.
Through much of the 1640s and 1650s Milton officially endorsed force and subjugation as means of imposing civility on a barbarous neighboring people threatening England’s stability. 28 Dominion Undeserved If we compare English representations of the Irish to those depicting the Tartars, we see that the two bodies of discourse are vitally linked through the imperialist logic of cultural degeneracy. In Spenser’s View of the State of Ireland, the informed Irenius repeatedly alludes to the Scythian genealogy of the Irish.
9 Polo makes strategic use of the fact that the Torah prescribes a specific form of consanguinity, yibbum, or levirate marriage. Although Leviticus declares marriage to a sister-in-law unclean (Lev. 20:21), Deuteronomy teaches that if a man dies without children, his brother must marry the recent widow under penalty of public opprobrium (Deut. 25:5–10). Whereas William disapprovingly mentions Tartar men marrying two or more sisters, Polo aligns the Tartars’ mores with biblically sanctioned behavior.