John Milton's New World Contours / Os contornos do Novo Mundo de John Milton

Elizabeth Sauer

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Abstract: Given the relative novelty of the Americas in the early modern world, the indirectness of transatlantic routes at the time, and the vastness of his own imagination, English poet John Milton’s virtual travels to the Americas are marked by detours, circumnavigations, and chance encounters. Nevertheless, the challenge of this article is to delineate the contours of Milton’s Americas, whith attention to the specific and different historical, political, and generic contexts in which his few allusions and references to the New World appear. By doing so, one discovers that Milton approaches the Americas as a mundus alter et idem or as an exercise in othering as well as a self study.
Keywords: John Milton; Americas; Paradise Lost; alterity; travel literature.

Resumo: Dadas a relativa novidade das Américas no início do mundo moderno, a indireção das rotas transatlânticas na época e a vastidão de sua imaginação, as viagens virtuais do poeta inglês John Milton para as Américas são marcadas por desvios, circunavegações e encontros eventuais. No entanto, o desafio deste artigo é delinear os contornos das Américas de Milton, atentando aos específicos e diferentes contextos históricos, políticos e genéricos em que aparecem suas poucas alusões e referências ao Novo Mundo. Ao fazer isso, descobre-se que Milton interpreta as Américas como um mundus alter et idem ou como um exercício de alteridade e também como um autoestudo.

Palavras-chave: John Milton; Américas; O paraíso perdido; alteridade; literatura de viagem.


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John Milton; Americas; Paradise Lost; alterity; travel literature; Américas; O paraíso perdido; alteridade; literatura de viagem.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17851/2317-2096.28.3.47-61

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