Milton’s Christ and passive power in Melville and Turner

Gill, Laura Fox (2020) Milton’s Christ and passive power in Melville and Turner. In: Ludlow, Elizabeth (ed.) The Figure of Christ in the Long Nineteenth Century. Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 69-82. ISBN 9783030400811

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Gill explores the intermedial influence of John Milton on Herman Melville and J. M. W. Turner, arguing that the three figures are connected by a shared preoccupation with a form of power which arises from passivity. This passive power, which is related to Christian heroism, is manifest in the form of a vortex: an active other is kept in circular movement around a still, powerful centre. This chapter explores the presence of this Miltonic and vortical ‘refusing to work’ in the work of Melville and Turner, primarily in Melville’s Moby-Dick and ‘Bartleby the Scrivener’, and Turner’s late paintings. Gill extends our understanding of Milton’s influence on mid-nineteenth century culture, building conceptual connections which cross boundaries of genre, nationality, and period.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR > N5300 History > N6350 Modern art > N6447 19th and 20th centuries
P Language and Literature > PR English literature > PR3291 17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770) > PR3550 Milton, John
P Language and Literature > PS American literature > PS0185 By period > PS0201 19th century
Depositing User: Laura Gill
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 11:14
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2020 13:38

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