"For Donne scholars, this book brings a fresh body of legal scholarship to bear on Donne's early poetry and, conversely, for scholars working in the field of law and early modern literature, it reevaluates the links between law and satire"--
The seventeenth century witnessed some of the most important jurisprudential changes in England s history, yet it is relatively untouched territory in the rich field of literature and law. Alison Chapman s book fills this gap by situating the poet and polemicist John Milton in the center of late-seventeenth-century legal history. One of England s greatest poets, Milton was arguably also the most litigious, and he had an exceptionally wide and deep knowledge of law and judicial processes. While this book ranges widely across Milton s life and work, its primary focus is on the role that law plays in "Paradise Lost." Throughout "Paradise Lost," Chapman shows, Milton invites his readers to judge the ways of God both according to the dictates of reason and conscience and also according to prevailing ideas about legal justice. Law, Chapman argues, forms a crucial albeit unrecognized part of Milton s attempt in" Paradise Lost" to justify the ways of God to men. "
This volume brings together a collection of papers on the general theoretical and methodological problems in the historiography of semiotics. It is not a history in the conventional sense, even though the main periods and figures in the development of semiotics are given due prominence. Nevertheless, it should offer the reader stimulation and food for thought in the critical approach to even the least questioned facts of semiotic history and the emphasis given to hitherto neglected problems and persons.