Promiscuous Listening, Episode 10 Resources

In this episode, Marissa talks with Dr. Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University) about sex and gender in Paradise Lost. Our conversation focuses on Eve and book 10, but it also ranges to other figures, including Sin, and other books in Milton’s epic.

Here are some resources to support your listening:


  • Enjambment: “The running-over of a sentence or phrase from one poetic line to the next, without terminal punctuation; the opposite of end-stopped.” (Poetry Foundation)
  • Definitions and examples of the rhetorical figures synecdoche, epithet (see epitheton), and irony may be found on Silva Rhetoricae.
  • Joseph Swetnam, The Arraignment of Lewd, Idle, Froward, and Unconstant Women (1615). Read the full text – as well as link to Rachel Speght’s response, A Mouzell for Melastomas (1617) – here.
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818): Read more about the connection between these two texts on the British Library website.

Select bibliography:

  • Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • Thomas H. Luxon, Single Imperfection: Milton, Marriage, and Friendship. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2005.
  • Lara Dodds, “Women’s History, Gender History, and Milton Studies.” Milton Quarterly 48, no. 3 (2014): 172-178.
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