Gluttony and Gratitude: Milton's Philosophy of Eating (Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies #1) (Hardcover)

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Despite the persistence and popularity of addressing the theme of eating in Paradise Lost, the tradition of Adam and Eve's sin as one of gluttony--and the evidence for Milton's adaptation of this tradition--has been either unnoticed or suppressed. Emily Stelzer provides the first book-length work on the philosophical significance of gluttony in this poem, arguing that a complex understanding of gluttony and of ideal, grateful, and gracious eating informs the content of Milton's writing. Working with contextual material in the fields of physiology, philosophy, theology, and literature and building on recent scholarship on Milton's experience of and knowledge about matter and the body, Stelzer draws connections between Milton's work and both underexamined textual influences (including, for example, Gower's Confessio Amantis) and well-recognized ones (such as Augustine's City of God and Galen's On the Natural Faculties).

About the Author


Emily E. Stelzer is Assistant Professor of Literature and Program Director for English and Great Texts at Houston Baptist University.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780271081007
ISBN-10: 0271081007
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: February 14th, 2018
Pages: 376
Language: English
Series: Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies
 
 
 
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