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Author Waddington, Raymond B.
Title Looking into providences : designs and trials in Paradise Lost / Raymond B. Waddington.
Published Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c2012.
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 Floor4  PR3562 .W33 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xiv, 310 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-299) and index.
Summary "What is the role of providence in Paradise Lost? In Looking into Providences, Raymond B. Waddington provides the first examination of this engaging subject. He explores the variety of implicit organizational structures or 'designs' that govern Paradise Lost, and looks in-depth at the 'trials,' or testing situations, which require interpretation, choice, and action from its characters.
Waddington situates the poem within the context of providentialism's centrality to seventeenth-century thought and life, arguing that Milton's own conception of providence was deeply influenced by the theology of Jacob Arminius. Using Milton's Arminian conception of free will, he then looks at the providential trials experienced by angels and humans. Finally, the work explores the ways in which providentialism infiltrates various kinds of discourse, ranging from military to medical, and from political to philosophical."--pub. desc.
Subject Milton, John, 1608-1674. Paradise lost.
Providence and government of God in literature.
ISBN 9781442643420
OCLC number 781535923