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Title: Conceptualising paradise : genre and ecology in the works of John Milton
Author: Cook, Elizabeth Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 9346 7805
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis adopts a combined interdisciplinary approach to the established practice of reading John Milton ecocritically, arguing that there is a distinct ‘longing for paradise’ in Milton’s works that is inextricably bound up in a sense of ecological awareness. It takes as its chief focus Milton’s re- working of the paradise trope, arguing that approaching Milton’s works from the dual perspectives of both genre studies and ecocritical studies provides new interpretations about Milton’s overall portrayal of the Garden of Eden. It proposes a reconsideration of some of the more traditionally associated genres, such as the pastoral and the Hexameron, and argues for the inclusion of other, understudied genres, including the burgeoning discipline of early modern geography and the medieval dream vision genre. I argue that this more traditional exploration of genre is ultimately heavily informed by Milton’s historical environmental context. I assert that Milton’s use of this context is evidence of a burgeoning ecological awareness on his part that manifests itself particularly through his use of nationalistic language and expression. Approaching the concept of a longing for paradise in Milton’s works from this binary approach, I demonstrate that there are still new ways of thinking about Milton’s representation of Paradise in an ecocritical light, bringing something new to Milton studies.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: AHRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PR English literature