Joshua Scodel, Edenic Freedoms

Joshua Scodel, University of Chicago
Joshua Scodel, University of Chicago
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Milton Seminar
Saturday, May 17, 2014

12 noon

Please register by 10 am Friday, May 16

Towner Fellows Lounge

Joshua Scodel, University of Chicago

While many scholars have argued that Paradise Lost celebrates freedom, the nature of such freedom remains unclear. Professor Scodel will contend that the poem in fact embraces the notorious polysemous ambiguities of freedom as an ideal. In his attempt to provide a psychologically plausible, emotionally compelling, and theodicy-satisfying exegesis of the Biblical Eden, Milton adapts a diversity of ethical, political, poetic, and theological modes of characterizing freedom and its value, derived from both classical and Christian traditions. Paradise Lost accordingly represents unfallen Adam and Eve as free in several distinct, complexly related senses, and these disparate but intertwined visions of freedom and its value contribute to the joys, tensions, and tragedy in Milton’s representation of Edenic life.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Joshua Scodel, University of Chicago

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

Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. The paper will be precirculated electronically to registrants.

Register online here. Registrations will be processed through 10 am Friday, May 16.