A Companion to Milton / Edition 1

A Companion to Milton / Edition 1

by Thomas Corns
     
 

The diverse and controversial world of contemporary Milton studies is brought alive in this stimulating Companion. The volume is comprised of 30 fresh and powerful readings of Milton's texts and the contexts in which they were created, each written by a leading scholar. The contributions provoke debate and define problems, rather than offering false

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The diverse and controversial world of contemporary Milton studies is brought alive in this stimulating Companion. The volume is comprised of 30 fresh and powerful readings of Milton's texts and the contexts in which they were created, each written by a leading scholar. The contributions provoke debate and define problems, rather than offering false resolutions or bland overviews.

The Companion is split into five sections looking at literary production and cultural ideologies, issues of politics, gender and religion, individual Milton texts, other relevant contemporary texts and responses to Milton over time. A whole chapter is devoted to each major poem and four to Paradise Lost. All the contributions convey the excitement of recent developments in the field, taking into account progress in early-modern historiography, new investigations into Milton's theology and the most up-to-date critical methodologies.

The volume as a whole invites readers to explore and enjoy Milton's rich and fascinating work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631214083
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #89
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas N. Corns is a Professor of English at the University of Wales, Bangor. His many publications include Milton's Language (Blackwell, 1990), Uncloistered Virtue: English Political Literature, 1640-1660 (1992), and Regaining Paradise Lost (1994). He is also the editor of The Royal Image: Representations of Charles I (1999).

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements, Abbreviations and a Note on Editions Used
The Contributors
Pt. IThe Cultural Context1
1Genre3
2The Classical Literary Tradition22
3Milton on the Bible37
4Literary Baroque and Literary Neoclassicism55
5Milton and English Poetry72
6Milton's English90
Pt. IIPolitics of Religion107
7The Legacy of the Late Jacobean Period109
8Milton and Puritanism124
9Radical Heterodoxy and Heresy141
10Milton and Ecology157
11The English and Other Peoples174
12The Literature of Controversy191
Pt. IIITexts211
13'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Upon the Circumcision' and 'The Passion'215
14John Milton's Comus232
15'Lycidas'246
16Early Political Prose263
17Milton, Marriage and Divorce279
18Republicanism294
19Late Political Prose309
20Paradise Lost in Intellectual History329
21The Radical Religious Politics of Paradise Lost348
22Obedience and Autonomy in Paradise Lost363
23Paradise Lost and the Multiplicity of Time380
24Self-Contradicting Puns in Paradise Lost393
25Samson Agonistes411
26Paradise Regained429
Pt. IVInfluences and Reputation445
27Reading Milton, 1674-1800447
28Milton: The Romantics and After463
Pt. VBiography481
29The Life Records483
Consolidated Bibliography499
General Index521

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