Reich, Angela Books
Dr. Angela Reich completed her Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has published articles on modern American writers: Anne Sexton in Contemporary Literature (1992) as well as Thomas Pynchon in Pynchon Notes (1992). Dr. Reich continues to study and write as an independent scholar.2006 0-7734-5794-1
This study of Paradise Regained
uncovers iteration as an operational mode of presentation that affects reader perception. This notion falls into three categories: the active manipulation of the telling of events through time in anachronic groupings; the re-telling of stories by different characters for the sake of reader perception; and the manipulation of time in the use of prophecy. Therefore, the studies in each chapter show repetitions in both content and style, but more important is repetition in the motif of layering as the governing style. A structural analysis is made of the poem’s anachronies, existing in the narrator’s opening speech and the soliloquies of God, Satan, Jesus and Mary. Gerard Genette’s method of structural analysis proves useful here to reveal memory-created instances and narrative embeddings. Next, a study of prophecy reveals that prophecy is iteration redoubled. Diegetically, prophesies are told and retold in the story. Intradiegetically, recall of past events creates a layering of time, which influences actions of character in story time. Extradiegietically, the prophecies are part of the audience’s culture and collective consciousness, which influences reader perception. The last analysis reveals iteration of the motif of true and false differentiation as an operating mode in the three temptations of Jesus. The decensus
motif informs the temptations both figuratively and literally especially in Satan’s movement of the Son in the second and third temptations.