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Milton and the Spiritual Reader

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Beschreibung

Milton and the Spiritual Reader considers how John Milton's later works demonstrate the intensive struggle of spiritual reading. Milton presents his own rigorous process of reading in order to instruct his readers how to advance their spiritual knowledge. Recent studies of Milton's readers neglect this spiritual dimension and focus on politics. Since Milton considers the individual soul at least as important as the body politic, Ainsworth focuses on uncovering the spiritual characteristics of the reader Milton tries to shape through his texts. He also examines Milton's reading practices without postulating the existence of some ideal or universal reader, and without assuming a gullible or easily manipulated reader. Milton does not simply hope for a fit audience, but writes to nurture fit readers. His works offer models of strenuous and suspicious close reading, subjecting all authors except God to the utmost of scrutiny. Milton presents Biblical interpretation as an interior struggle, a contention not between reader and text, but within that reader's individual understanding of scripture. Ainsworth's study rethinks the basic relationship between reading and religion in seventeenth-century England, and concludes that for Milton and his contemporaries, distinguishing divine truths in worldly texts required a spiritually guided form of close reading.



Autorentext

David Ainsworth is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama. He received his degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Zusammenfassung
Milton and the Spiritual Reader considers how John Milton's later works demonstrate the intensive struggle of spiritual reading. Milton presents his own rigorous process of reading in order to instruct his readers how to advance their spiritual knowledge. Recent studies of Milton's readers neglect this spiritual dimension and focus on politics. Since Milton considers the individual soul at least as important as the body politic, Ainsworth focuses on uncovering the spiritual characteristics of the reader Milton tries to shape through his texts. He also examines Milton's reading practices without postulating the existence of some ideal or universal reader, and without assuming a gullible or easily manipulated reader. Milton does not simply hope for a fit audience, but writes to nurture fit readers. His works offer models of strenuous and suspicious close reading, subjecting all authors except God to the utmost of scrutiny. Milton presents Biblical interpretation as an interior struggle, a contention not between reader and text, but within that reader's individual understanding of scripture. Ainsworth's study rethinks the basic relationship between reading and religion in seventeenth-century England, and concludes that for Milton and his contemporaries, distinguishing divine truths in worldly texts required a spiritually guided form of close reading.

Inhalt

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: "Thou art sufficient to judge aright:" Spiritual Reading in Areopagitica

Chapter Two: Spiritual Reading in Milton's Eikonoklastes

Chapter Three: Godly Reading in Milton's De Doctrina Christiana

Chapter Four: "There plant eyes": Spiritual Interpretation and Reading in Paradise Lost

Chapter Five: The Reader Within: Spiritual Interpretation in Paradise Regained

Chapter Six: Baxter, Fox, Winstanley and Miltonic Spiritual Reading

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Milton and the Spiritual Reader
Untertitel: Reading and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England
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EAN: 9781135896096
ISBN: 978-1-135-89609-6
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Taylor & Francis
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Anzahl Seiten: 244
Veröffentlichung: 15.05.2008
Jahr: 2008
Untertitel: Englisch
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