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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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Editorial Reviews

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

"Taken together, the 29 essays collected here strike the perfect balance between an exploration of the contexts surrounding Milton's writings and an intensive analysis of his poems and prose treatises. Uniformly well researched, felicitously written, and cogently argued, these essays are among the best in present-day Milton studies. They review previous scholarship while pursuing innovative and exciting lines of inquiry that will surely influence commentary on Milton in the foreseeable future." (Choice)

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

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

"This companion is enlightening and stimulating and will be a helpful addition to libraries, especially those associated with literary 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
Pt. I The Cultural Context 1
1 Genre 3
2 The Classical Literary Tradition 22
3 Milton on the Bible 37
4 Literary Baroque and Literary Neoclassicism 55
5 Milton and English Poetry 72
6 Milton's English 90
Pt. II Politics of Religion 107
7 The Legacy of the Late Jacobean Period 109
8 Milton and Puritanism 124
9 Radical Heterodoxy and Heresy 141
10 Milton and Ecology 157
11 The English and Other Peoples 174
12 The Literature of Controversy 191
Pt. III Texts 211
13 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity', 'Upon the Circumcision' and 'The Passion' 215
14 John Milton's Comus 232
15 'Lycidas' 246
16 Early Political Prose 263
17 Milton, Marriage and Divorce 279
18 Republicanism 294
19 Late Political Prose 309
20 Paradise Lost in Intellectual History 329
21 The Radical Religious Politics of Paradise Lost 348
22 Obedience and Autonomy in Paradise Lost 363
23 Paradise Lost and the Multiplicity of Time 380
24 Self-Contradicting Puns in Paradise Lost 393
25 Samson Agonistes 411
26 Paradise Regained 429
Pt. IV Influences and Reputation 445
27 Reading Milton, 1674-1800 447
28 Milton: The Romantics and After 463
Pt. V Biography 481
29 The Life Records 483
Consolidated Bibliography 499
General Index 521
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