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Becoming Inspired: The (Pre-) Kierkegaardian Author of "Paradise Regain'd"

Carpenter, John
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Carpenter, John
Advisor
Bouchard, Larry
Abstract
"Becoming Inspired: The (Pre-) Kierkegaardian Author of 'Paradise Regain'd" compares themes of inaction in John Milton's "Paradise Regain'd" to Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard's concept of silence enunciated in "Lilies of the Field and Birds of the Air," a reading of Matthew 6:24-34 published in "Christian Discourses." Through Kierkegaard, the "Spirit" invoked in Milton's poem as muse is recontextualized, finding in the authorial connotations that the Spirit's presence implies hidden meanings about discipleship and understanding in "Paradise Regain'd." These hidden meanings are, in turn, found to be instrumental in correctly parsing out the dialectics of agency within Milton's writings about resignation, obedience, faith, and Jesus' raising of Eden in the "Wast Wilderness."
Language
English
Date Received
20171130
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Religious Studies, MA (Master of Arts), 2017
Published Date
2017-11-30
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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