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The human Satan in seventeenth-century English literature : from Milton to Rochester

Author: Nancy Rosenfeld
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Framed by an understanding that the very concept of what defines the human is often influenced by Renaissance and early modern texts, this book establishes the beginning of the literary development of the satanic form into a humanized form in the seventeenth century. This development is centered on characters and poetry of four seventeenth-century writers: John Milton; John Bunyan; John Wilmot, earl of Rochester;  Read more...
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Named Person: John Milton; John Milton; John Bunyan; John Bunyan; John Wilmot Rochester, Earl of; George Etherege
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Rosenfeld
ISBN: 9780754664680 0754664686
OCLC Number: 181335895
Description: vii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Satan's journey into evil --
The tempter of Grace abounding --
Diabolus and his unholy war --
Paradise regained : Satan and the son --
"Thine now is all this world" : a human Satanic archetype --
Rochester and the Theriophilic paradox --
The mode of man : "the man of mode" --
The Earl of Rochester meets Milton's muse --
Epilogue : where is the Satan of Samson agonistes?
Responsibility: Nancy Rosenfeld.
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Framed by an understanding that the very concept of what defines the human is often influenced by Renaissance and early modern texts, this book establishes the beginning of the literary development  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""Framed by an understanding that the very concept of what defines the human is often influenced by Renaissance and early modern texts, this book establishes the beginning of the literary development of the satanic form into a humanized form in the seventeenth century. This development is centered on characters and poetry of four seventeenth-century writers: John Milton; John Bunyan; John Wilmot, earl of Rochester; and George Etherege. The initial understanding of this development is through a sequential reading of Milton and Bunyan which examines the Satan character as an archetype-in-the-making, building upon each to work so that the character metamorphoses from a groveling serpent and fallen archangel to a humanized form embodying the human impulses necessary to commit evil. Rosenfeld then argues that this development continues in Restoration literature, showing that both Rochester and Etherege build upon their literary predecessors to develop the satanic figure towards greater humanity. Ultimately she demonstrates that these writers, taken collectively, have imbued Satan with the characteristics that define the human. This book includes as an epilogue a discussion of Samson in Milton's Samson Agonistes as a later seventeenth-century avatar of the humanized satanic form, providing an example for understanding a stock literary character in the light of early modern texts."--Jacket."
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