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Lady in the Labyrinth: Miltons Comus as Initiation William Shullenberger

Lady in the Labyrinth: Miltons Comus as Initiation

William Shullenberger

Published October 30th 2008
ISBN : 9780838641743
Hardcover
361 pages
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This book studies Miltons Ludlow Maske of 1634 as a rite of passage. The Maske fashions and mobilizes its Lady as an independent subject and moral agent, the inviolably private, conscience-governed self of English Puritan culture. Initiating aMoreThis book studies Miltons Ludlow Maske of 1634 as a rite of passage. The Maske fashions and mobilizes its Lady as an independent subject and moral agent, the inviolably private, conscience-governed self of English Puritan culture. Initiating a ritual discourse on virtue that is not founded in and dependent on royalist ideology, Milton feminizes both the discourse on heroic virtue and the mythologized cosmos that supports it, and authenticates female prophetic speech and ethical action in a way that prepares for womens participation in the emerging public sphere and in the reformation of literary histories. The first of Miltons heroes of Christian Liberty, the Lady is also the first of his characters to participate in the seventeenth-centurys literary invention and development of the early modern subject. The exemplary social importance of the Lady thus makes Comus a startling founding gesture of early modern feminism. William Shullenberger is Professor of Literature and Joseph Campbell Chair in the Humanities at Sarah Lawrence College.