Derecho y Literatura en Milton. De la ley del cielo en ‘El paraíso perdido’, con otras perdiciones y extravíos

Alison A. Chapman

The legal epic: Paradise Lost and the early modern law

Chicago/London: The University of Chicago
Press, 2017, 248 pp.

ISBN: 9780226435138

The seventeenth century saw some of the most important jurisprudential
changes in England’s history, yet the period has been largely overlooked in the
rich field of literature and law. Helping to fill this gap, The Legal Epic
is the first book to situate the great poet and polemicist John Milton at the
center of late seventeenth-century legal history.

Alison A. Chapman argues that Milton’s Paradise Lost sits at the
apex of the early modern period’s long fascination with law and judicial
processes. Milton’s world saw law and religion as linked disciplines and
thought therefore that in different ways, both law and religion should reflect
the will of God. Throughout Paradise Lost, Milton invites his readers to
judge actions using not only reason and conscience but also core principles of
early modern jurisprudence. Law thus informs Milton’s attempt to “justify the
ways of God to men” and points readers toward the types of legal justice that
should prevail on earth.

Adding to the growing interest in the cultural history of law, The
Legal Epic
shows that England’s preeminent epic poem is also a sustained
reflection on the role law plays in human society.



— Law and religion in Milton’s world

— The traitors of heaven and earth

— The arch-felon

— The sole propriety of Adam and Eve

— Acts of possession

— The mortal sentence

— Begging pardon

— Conclusion.


Alison A. Chapmanis professor of English at the University of Alabama
at Birmingham.


Véase en este mismo blog (Por Edinburgh, en compañía de libros)

Sobre Milton and the Terms of Liberty

Graham Parry and Joad Raymond (eds.)

D.S. Brewer, Cambridge, UK ; Rochester, NY : 2002, xvi, 218 pp.

ISBN: 9780859916394


Así como en (William Shakespeare & John Milton sobre Derecho sucesorio. Recuperación para un centenario)

Sobre Joseph S. Jenkin

Inheritance Law and Political Theology in Shakespeare and Milton: Election and Grace as Constitutional in Early Modern Literature and Beyond

Routledge, London & New York, 2013, 248 pp.

ISBN: 9781409454847

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