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Author Garganigo, Alex, 1969- author

Title Samson's cords : imposing oaths in Milton, Marvell, and Butler / Alex Garganigo
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2018]
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Contents Introduction : Samson's cords in Restoration England -- 1. Conjuring oaths and identities in Hudibras -- 2. Testing the tests in The Rehearsal Transpros'd -- 3. An Horatian oath : the Horatian Ode, secularism, and toleration -- 4. Samson's cords : imposing oaths in Eikonoklastes and Samson Agonistes -- 5. Paradise Lost I : God's swearing by Himself : Milton's troubling coronation oath -- 6. Paradise Lost II : of apples, oaths, and women -- Appendix : A proposal for emending one of Marvell's letters
Summary "In seventeenth-century Britain every debate about loyalty oaths invoked the biblical Samson. Samson's Cords argues that these loyalty tests became an unprecedentedly pervasive feature of life in Restoration England and that writers of satire and epic had no choice but to respond. Alex Garganigo examines the radically different responses of John Milton, Andrew Marvell, and Samuel Butler to the existential crises caused by this explosion of loyalty oaths. After early support, all three developed serious reservations, confronting the irony that while oaths often exclude and destroy, they also include and create. Tackling issues such as performance, ritual, religion, secularization, gender, swearing, republicanism, and citizenship, Garganigo offers original readings of Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes, An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland, The Rehearsal Transpros'd, and Hudibras."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Butler, Samuel, 1612-1680 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Marvell, Andrew, 1621-1678 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English literature -- 17th century -- History and criticism.
Oaths in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Literary criticism.
Literary criticism.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1487512201 (electronic book)
9781487512200 (electronic book)