Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English at Black Hills State University, recently published an article in the Proceedings of the 14th Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature
In his article, titled “Adversative and Concessive Constructions in Milton,” Wallerstein argues that Milton’s Paradise Lost follows a pattern developed by Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser in which logical uses of adversative conjunction are contrasted with illogical uses. Wallerstein suggests that Milton’s narrator uses logical adversatives while the fallen angels—Satan in particular—use illogical adversatives. The use of illogical adversatives becomes, therefore, emblematic of the physical, psychological, moral, and spiritual fall that the rebel angels have undergone. The article is based on a paper Wallerstein delivered in April 2006.
Wallerstein holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in theology from Harvard. He has taught at BHSU since 1997.