Milton and Ecology

Milton and Ecology

by Ken Hiltner

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Ken Hiltner explores the ideological basis of our current environmental crisis by engaging literary, theoretical, and historic approaches. Focusing on Milton's rejection of dualistic theology, metaphysical philosophy, and early-modern subjectivism, Hiltner argues that he anticipated certain essential modern ecological arguments. This study considers how Milton not only sought to tell the story of how Paradise on earth was lost through Humanity's folly, but also how it might be regained.

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ISBN-13: 9780521123747
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/17/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. Having Place: 1. Pace defined: the ecological importance of place; 2. Place given: Eve as the Garden's spirit of place; 3. Place lost: Eve's fall as an uprooting; 4. Place regained: Sabrina puts down roots; Part II. The Underlying Importance of Place: 5. The New Testament's call to place: Paul and Luther's deconstruction; 6. Rejecting the placeless ancient doctrines: confusing paradise regained; 7. The Old Testament's call to place: Job's wisdom in Milton's poetry; 8. The influence of time on place: forbidding unripe fruit; 9. Place, body and spirit joined: the earth-human wound in Paradise Lost.

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