Sinister aesthetics : the appeal of evil in early modern English literature / Joel Elliot Slotkin.
- Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 
xi, 289 pages ; 22 com
- English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700.
Good and evil in literature.
- This engrossing volume studies the poetics of evil in early modern English culture, reconciling the Renaissance belief that literature should uphold morality with the compelling and attractive representations of evil throughout the period's literature. The chapters explore a variety of texts, including Spenser's Faerie Queene, Shakespeare's Richard III, broadside ballads, and sermons, culminating in a new reading of Paradise Lost and a novel understanding of the dynamic interaction between aesthetics and theology in shaping seventeenth century Protestant piety. Through these discussions, the book introduces the concept of "sinister aesthetics": artistic conventions that can make representations of the villainous, monstrous, or hellish pleasurable.
- Introduction: representing evil in Early Modern England
"Dreadful harmony": the poetics of evil in Sidney, Tasso, and Spenser
Honeyed toads: sinister aesthetics in Richard III
Monsters and the pleasures of divine justice in English popular print, 1560-1675
Satanic sensibilities in Paradise lost
Milton's sinister God: poetic justice and chiaroscuro in Paradise lost
Epilogue: the sinister after milton.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-280) and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
- Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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