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Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2017/18 , Aktuelles Semester: SoSe 2024
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Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven: John Milton, Paradise Lost    Sprache: Englisch    Belegpflicht
(Keine Nummer) Hauptseminar     WiSe 2017/18     2 SWS     jedes Semester    
   Lehreinheit: Anglistik    
   Teilnehmer/-in  Maximal : 50  
   Zugeordnete Lehrperson:   Heyl
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich
   Termin: Mittwoch   14:00  -  16:00    wöch.
Beginn : 11.10.2017   
      Raum :   V13 S03 C34   V15S  

To read Milton´s Paradise Lost 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): John Milton (ed. Alastair Fowler), Paradise Lost. Longman Annotated English Poets (recommended!) or John Milton (ed. Gordon Teskey), Paradise Lost. Norton Critical Editions. You should have read as much of Paradise Lost as you can manage by the beginning of the semester. As always: think, enjoy (!), annotate, and look things up if necessary.

Requirements: thorough preparation for each session, active participation, and, if applicable, written work/exam according to your particular Studienordnung.