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Milton in the Long Restoration$
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Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198769774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.001.0001

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Milton’s Pope

Milton’s Pope

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Milton in the Long Restoration

Sophie Gee

Oxford University Press

The chapter argues that Pope used Milton’s political and cultural identities to construct and manage his own relationship with the commercial publishing industry. Milton’s thought, which couples heterodoxy with a strain of intolerance, is oddly compatible with Pope’s attraction to the institutions of modern publishing, yet his vehement disdain for his Whig literary contemporaries. The chapter explores the political and commercial implications of the Rape of the Lock’s publication history. It argues that in rewriting Milton’s Eve through his heroine Belinda, Pope formulates a new account of female character and its relationship to modern commercial readership. The argument concludes by connecting these accounts of Pope’s literary modernity to Whig literary culture and the ways in which it appropriated and often distorted Milton’s writing.

Keywords:   Rape of the Lock, Eve, Patriot Opposition, commercial publishing, Whig literature

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