Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment: One First Matter All
Kevin Joseph Donovan, Thomas Festa
Duquesne University Press, 2017 - Materialism in literature - 249 pages
Bringing together eight original essays from leading and emerging Miltonists, this volume explores a second wave of critical thought about Milton's monist materialism, the view that all existence arises from a single substance or reality. Contributors examine sensory matters of fragrance and sound, the literary politics of walking and of sexual reproduction, the ontology of embodiment as human beings and angels, and the appropriation of Milton's materialism by both early Mormons in the nineteenth century and fringe figures such as gun enthusiasts in the twentieth. In so doing, they demonstrate the ongoing relevance of Milton's writings in the history of views of embodiment and materialist thought.