Paradise Lost and the Cosmological Revolution [PDF]
09 November 2014, 08:22
2014 | PDF | 4.75MB
This volume brings John Milton's Paradise Lost into dialogue with the challenges of cosmology and the world of Galileo, whom Milton met and admired: a universe encompassing space travel, an earth that participates vibrantly in the cosmic dance, and stars that are 'world[s] / Of destined habitation'. Milton's bold depiction of our universe as merely a small part of a larger multiverse allows the removal of hell from the center of the earth to a location in the primordial abyss. In this wide-ranging work, Dennis Danielson lucidly unfolds early modern cosmological debates, engaging not only Galileo but also Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler, and the English Copernicans, thus placing Milton at a rich crossroads of epic poetry and the history of science.
- Includes lucid accounts of early modern developments in astronomy and cosmology
- Places the characters, language, and plot of Paradise Lost amid the cosmological debates of Milton's day
- Facilitates an understanding of the astronomical and cosmological fabric of Milton's epic
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