A Companion to Milton / Edition 1

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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 29 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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“Taken together, the 29 essays collected here strike theperfect balance between an exploration of the contexts surroundingMilton’s writings and an intensive analysis of his poems andprose treatises. Uniformly well researched, felicitously written,and cogently argued, these essays are among the best in present-dayMilton studies.”  (Stephen Baker Hot FictionBooks, 20 September 2012)

"Taken together, the 29 essays collected here strike the perfectbalance between an exploration of the contexts surrounding Milton'swritings and an intensive analysis of his poems and prosetreatises. Uniformly well researched, felicitously written, andcogently argued, these essays are among the best in present-dayMilton studies. They review previous scholarship while pursuinginnovative and exciting lines of inquiry that will surely influencecommentary on Milton in the foreseeable future."(Choice)

"The present state of Milton studies is admirably represented,while a careful distribution of topics has ensured satisfactorycoverage of the field. A splendid exhibition of Milton scholarshipas it currently flourishes." (Times Literary Supplement)

"students [...] will be admirably served by this comprehensiveand readable smorgasbord of current Milton studies."(Renaissance Quarterly)

"This companion is enlightening and stimulating and will be ahelpful addition to libraries, especially those associated withliterary and cultural studies." (Reference Reviews)

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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).

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements, Abbreviations and a Note on Editions Used.

The Contributors.

Part I: The Cultural Context:.

1. Genre: Barbara K. Lewalski (Harvard University).

2. The Classical Literary Tradition: John K. Hale (University ofOtago).

3. Milton on the Bible: Regina M. Schwartz (NorthwesternUniversity.

4. Literary Baroque and Literary Neoclassicism: Graham Parry(University of York).

5. Milton and English Poetry: Achsah Guibbory (University ofIllinois).

6. Milton’s English: Thomas N.Corns (University of Wales,Bangor).

Part II: Politics and Religion:.

7. The Legacy of the Late Jacobean Period: Cedric C. Brown(University of Reading).

8. Milton and Puritanism: N. H. Keeble (StirlingUniversity).

9. Radical Heterodoxy and Heresy: John Rumrich (University ofTexas).

10. Milton and Ecology: Diane Kelsey McColley (RutgersUniversity ).

11. The English and Other People: Andrew Hadfield (University ofWales, Aberystwyth).

12. The Literature of Controversy: Joad Raymond (University ofAberdeen).

Part III: Texts:.

The Early Poetry.

13. ‘On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity’,‘Upon the Circumcision’ and ‘The Passion’:Thomas N. Corns (University of Wales, Bangor).

14. John Milton’s Comus Leah: S. Marcus (VanderbiltUniversity).

15. ‘Lycidas’: Stella P. Revard (Southern IllinoisUniversity).

16. Early Political Prose: Elizabeth Skerpan Wheeler (SouthwestTexas University).

17. Milton, Marriage and Divorce: Annabel Patterson (YaleUniversity).

18. Republicanism: Martin Dzelzainis (Royal Holloway &Bedford New College, University of London).

19. Late Political Prose: Laura Lunger Knoppers (PennsylvaniaState University).

The Late Poetry.

20. Paradise Lost in Intellectual History: Stephen M.Fallon (University of Notre Dame).

21. The Radical Religious Politics of Paradise Lost:David Loewenstein (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

22. Obedience and Autonomy in Paradise Lost:: MichaelSchoenfeldt (University of Michigan).

23. Paradise Lost and the Multiplicity of Time: AmyBoesky.

24. Self-Contradicting Puns in Paradise Lost: JohnLeonard (University of Western Ontario).

25. Samson Agonistes: Sharon Achinstein (University ofMaryland).

26. Pardise Regained: Margaret Kean.

Part IV: Influences and Reputation:.

27. Reading Milton, 1674–1800: Kay Gillard Stevenson(University of Essex).

28. Milton: The Romantics and After: Peter J. Kitson (Universityof Wales, Bangor).

Part V: Biography:.

29. The Life Records: Gordon Campbell (University ofLeicester).

Consolidated Biography.

General Index.

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