A Paradise Lost Study Guide – How Satan Saved the World

I started planning this book, which became my PhD Thesis, about 5 years ago. It didn't turn out to be exactly what I expected - it's a mashup of Paradise Lost scholarship and a comparative history of the influence Milton's Satan had on politics, art, literature, revolution and social progress over several centuries. It's a response to the bizarrely conservative academic readings of Paradise Lost that continue to be taught in many universities. It's a summary of historical ...

Is Les Miserables a death cult for failed revolutionaries?

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I've seen Les Miserables several times. The music has always been stirring, but I've never been able to bond with the characters as much as I did tonight, when watching the new Hollywood production, which involves closeup shots of the painful, anguished looks on the faces of Hollywood Superstars like........... There isn't much missing from the story, love, loss, regret, revenge, anger, comic relief... it's a powerful tale meant to melt hearts, and it succeeds. But let's ...