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Milton, the Gunpowder plot, and the mythography of terror
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2007 (English)In: Modern language quarterly (Seattle), ISSN 0026-7929, E-ISSN 1527-1943, Vol. 68, no 4, 461-493 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

John Milton's early poems on the Gunpowder Plot are put in their historical and literary context and compared to Paradise Lost.  One of the origins of Milton's Satan derives not only from the gunpowder poems but also from early modern conceptions of terrorists.  But Paradise Lost renounces the nationalist position from which the early gunpowder poems take their departure.  Satan becomes in effect the universal terrorism, and terrorism itself emerges as a 'symptom of the other', that is, as an expression of universal alterity.

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2007. Vol. 68, no 4, 461-493 p.
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John Milton, Gunpowder Plot, Paradise Lost
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147452DiVA: diva2:400385
Available from: 2011-02-25 Created: 2011-02-25 Last updated: 2012-03-21Bibliographically approved

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