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The Seduction of Milton’s Lady: Rape, Psychoanalysis, and the Erotics of Consumption in Comus

Will Stockton

in Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680764
eISBN:
9781452948560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680764.003.0010
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

This chapter analyzes rape in the context of fantasy, focusing on John Milton’s Comus that draws on Freudian seduction theory. It discusses John Leonard and William Kerrigan’s debate on whether “the ... More


“How Human Life Began”: Sexual Reproduction in Book 8 of Paradise Lost

Thomas H. Luxon

in Sex before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680764
eISBN:
9781452948560
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680764.003.0011
Subject:
History, World Early Modern History

This chapter discusses John Milton’s account of prelapsarian existence in Paradise Lost, which implies that the first human sexual reproduction occurred between God and Adam in an act that ... More


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