A Concise Companion to Milton / Edition 1

A Concise Companion to Milton / Edition 1

by Angelica Duran
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405122714

ISBN-13: 9781405122719

Pub. Date: 10/09/2006

Publisher: Wiley

A Concise Companion to Milton provides readers with essential guides to appreciating the works of John Milton, and to understanding the great influence they have had on literature. The book consists of twelve short, newly-commissioned chapters written by internationally respected scholars from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United

Overview

A Concise Companion to Milton provides readers with essential guides to appreciating the works of John Milton, and to understanding the great influence they have had on literature. The book consists of twelve short, newly-commissioned chapters written by internationally respected scholars from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Combining brevity, depth and accessibility, it is an ideal first critical work on Milton.

The companion opens with a series of essays explaining how and why Milton’s works established their central place in the English literary canon. The ensuing chapters follow Milton’s major works in chronological order, clarifying complex issues that are particularly relevant to our contemporary society. Also included in the volume are a chronology and select bibliography detailing the events of Milton’s life and works alongside relevant world events.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405122719
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Series:
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture Series , #28
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction 1
Angelica Duran

Part I Surveys

1 A Reading of His "left hand": Milton's Prose 7
Robert Thomas Fallon

2 "Shedding sweet influence": The Legacy of John Milton's Works 25
John T. Shawcross

3 "The world all before [us]": More than Three Hundred Years of Criticism 43
Roy Flannagan

Part II Textual Sites

4 First and Last Fruits of Education: The Companion Poems, Epistola, and Educational Prose Works 61
Angelica Duran

5 Milton's Heroic Sonnets 78
Annabel Patterson

6 The Lives of Lycidas 95
Paul Alpers

7 A Mask: Tradition and Innovation 111
Katsuhiro Engetsu

8 The Bible, Religion, and Spirituality in Paradise Lost 128
Achsah Guibbory

9 Gender, Sex, and Marriage in Paradise 144
Karen L. Edwards

10 The Ecology of Paradise Lost 161
Juliet Lucy Cummins

11 The Messianic Vision of Paradise Regained 178
David Gay

12 The Nightmare of History: Samson Agonistes 197
Louis Schwartz

Part III Reference Points

Select Chronology: "Speak of things at hand/ Useful" 217
Edward Jones

Select Bibliography: "Much arguing, much writing, many opinions" 235
J. Martin Evans

Index 270

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