Noel Sugimura: Devilish Beauty and the Aesthetics of the Fall in Paradise Lost

John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1741. Newberry Y 185 .M65736.

John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1741. Newberry Y 185 .M65736.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

12 noon

Towner Fellows Lounge

Noel K. Sugimura, Georgetown University
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Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Milton Seminar

Drawing on Milton’s eighteenth-century commentators and editors, this paper returns readers to the temptation sequence in book nine of Paradise Lost, this time through a discussion of its visual aesthetics. It looks specifically at how eighteenth-century readerly comments on the serpent—which fuse discussions drawn from the fine arts, philosophy, and the classics—invite a reassessment of Eve’s own impassioned response to the snake, both in terms of the beautiful and the sublime. More broadly, it seeks to shed new interpretative light on how the concept of the sublime evolves through Milton’s poetry as well as eighteenth-century responses to it, and why this matters for readings of Milton today.

The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Noel K. Sugimura, Georgetown University.

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Organized by Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago; David A. Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Paula McQuade, DePaul University; and Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University.

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