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Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester SS 2012 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024
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John Milton    Sprache: Englisch    Belegpflicht
(Keine Nummer) Hauptseminar     SS 2012     2 SWS     jedes Semester    
   Lehreinheit: Anglistik    
   Teilnehmer/-in  Maximal : 50  
      Mag, Magisterstudiengang
  Bachelor, Bachelor
  alle Lehrämter, alle Lehrämter
   Zugeordnete Lehrperson:   Heyl
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich
   Termin: Mittwoch   12:00  -  14:00    wöch.       Raum :   T03 R04 D10   T03R  

The main focus of this seminar will be on Milton’s Paradise Lost. To read this text is to embark on an extraordinary adventure. You will meet a truly wonderful cast of characters including Adam, Eve, God, Satan (who might perhaps even be the true hero of this text), a whole crowd of bizarre devils, Death, Sin and large numbers of well-meaning but sometimes not terribly intelligent angels. Be prepared to think about a wide range of issues: How can a successful and popular angel end up with a new career as a senior devil? Are angels vegetarians? What are this text’s implications in terms of politics and gender roles? Is our planet the centre of the universe, and does it matter? Why does Milton’s poem still fascinate readers, why can it be enjoyed by both deeply religious people of all persuasions and by sceptics and atheists? How and why did evil come into the world? How can devils stand hell’s hellish heat? What are the typical conventions of epic poetry, and how does Milton play with them? Is there sex in heaven?

Please buy one the following editions (and none other) now: John Milton (ed. Alastair Fowler), Paradise Lost. Longman Annotated English Poets (recommended!) or John Milton (ed. Gordon Teskey), Paradise Lost. Norton Critical Editions.  Further texts by Milton will be made available in the course of the semester. If you want to do this seminar, you should have bought the text and prepared the first two books of Paradise Lost before the first week of the new semester – so think, annotate, look things up if necessary and, above all, enjoy!

            Formal requirements: regular attendance, reading and preparing the assigned texts, active participation, Hausarbeit.