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Sinister aesthetics: the appeal of evil in early modern English literature

Sinister aesthetics: the appeal of evil in early modern English literature

Slotkin, Joel Elliot, author

This engrossing volume studies the poetics of evil in early modern English culture, reconciling the Renaissance belief that literature should uphold morality with the compelling and attractive representations of evil throughout the period's literature. This engrossing volume studies the poetics of evil in early modern English culture, reconciling the Renaissance belief that literature should uphold morality with the compelling and attractive representations of evil throughout the period's literature. The chapters explore a variety of texts, including Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Richard III, broadside ballads, and sermons, culminating in a new reading of Paradise Lost and a novel understanding of the dynamic interaction between aesthetics and theology in shaping seventeenth century Protestant piety. Through these discussions, the book introduces the concept of "sinister aesthetics": artistic conventions that can make representations of the villainous, monstrous, or hellish pleasurable

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Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017
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Statement of responsibility: Joel Elliot Slotkin
ISBN: 3319527975, 9783319527970
Physical Description: 332 pages
Subject: Ireland; Literary studies: general; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literature.; Evil in literature.; Comparative Literature; Literature: history & criticism; English literature Early modern, 1500-1700 History and criticism.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9783319527963

Contents

  1. Introduction-Representing Evil in Early Modern England.-Dreadful Harmony"
  2. The Poetics of Evil in Sidney, Tasso, and Spenser.- Honeyed Toads
  3. Sinister Aesthetics in Richard III.-Monsters and the Pleasures of Divine Justice in English Popular Print, 1560-1675.- Satanic Sensibilities in Paradise Lost.- Milton's Sinister God
  4. Poetic Justice and Chiaroscuro in Paradise Lost.- Epilogue-The Sinister after Milton.