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Paul Hammond and Blair Worden

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264706

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264706.001.0001

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Milton, Marriage, and the Politics of Gender

Milton, Marriage, and the Politics of Gender

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(p.125) 7 Milton, Marriage, and the Politics of Gender
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John Milton
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Rosanna Cox

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264706.003.0007

This chapter investigates the seventeenth-century cultural and historical context of Milton's portrayal the relationship of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost. This approach aims to bring the intellectual, doctrinal, and political debates with which he engaged in his portrayal of the relationship between the sexes. The chapter examines Milton' understanding of the ideas of woman, womanhood, and the cultural debates about the relationship of man and woman in marriage and in the household, and the ways in which these conceptions formed his political and theological outlook. Milton's thoughts on gender and marriage, which were grounded in reformation and seventeenth-century Puritan teachings, in political debates on family and political obligation, and in the ideological and imaginative relationships between politics and gender, formed his prose and poetry on the relationship of man and woman.

Keywords:   marriage, seventeenth century, historical context, cultural context, Adam and Eve, Paradise Lost, portrayal of relationship, woman, womanhood, Milton's political outlook

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