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Although the poet John Milton was a politically active citizen and polemicist during the English Revolution, little has been written on Milton's concept of nationalism. The first book to examine major aspects of Milton's nationalism in its full complexity and diversity, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England features fifteen essays by leading international scholars who illuminate the significance of the nation as a powerful imaginative construct in his writings.

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Overview

Although the poet John Milton was a politically active citizen and polemicist during the English Revolution, little has been written on Milton's concept of nationalism. The first book to examine major aspects of Milton's nationalism in its full complexity and diversity, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England features fifteen essays by leading international scholars who illuminate the significance of the nation as a powerful imaginative construct in his writings.

Informed by a range of critical methods, the essays examine the diverse - sometimes conflicting - and strained expressions of nationhood and national identity in Milton's writings, to address the literary, ethnic, and civic dimensions of his nationalism. These essays enrich our understanding of the imaginative achievements, religious polemics, and political tensions of Milton's poetry and prose, as well as the impact of his writings in the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England also illuminates the formation of early-modern nationalism, as well as the complexities of seventeenth-century English politics and religion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442691001
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 11/29/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

DAVID LOEWENSTEIN is Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PAUL STEVENS is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Milton's nationalism : challenges and questions David Loewenstein Loewenstein, David Paul Stevens Stevens, Paul 3

1 Milton's nationalism and the English revolution : strains and contradictions David Loewenstein Loewenstein, David 25

2 Milton and the struggle for the representation of the nation : reading Paradise lost through Eikonoklastes Andrew Hadfield Hadfield, Andrew 51

3 Victory's crest : Milton, the English nation, and Cromwell Warren Chernaik Chernaik, Warren 73

4 Israel and English Protestant nationalism : 'fast sermons' during the English revolution Achsah Guibbory Guibbory, Achsah 115

5 Look homeward angel : guardian angels and nationhood in seventeenth-century England Joad Raymond Raymond, Joad 139

6 The invisible nation : church, state, and schism in Milton's England Andrew Escobedo Escobedo, Andrew 173

7 Milton and the limitations of Englishness Thomas N. Corns Corns, Thomas N. 205

8 The Anglo-Scoto-Dutch triangle : Milton and Marvell to 1660 John Kerrigan Kerrigan, John 217

9 Disappointed nationalism : Milton in the context of seventeenth-century debates about the nation-state Victoria Kahn Kahn, Victoria 249

10 How Milton's nationalism works : globalization and the possibilities of positive nationalism Paul Stevens Stevens, Paul 273

11 That fatal Boadicea : depicting women in Milton's History of Britain, 1670 Willy Maley Maley, Willy 305

12 Consuming nations : Milton and luxury Laura Lunger Knoppers Knoppers, Laura Lunger 331

13 Slavery, resistance, and nation in Milton and Locke Mary Nyquist Nyquist, Mary 356

14 Milton : nation and reception Nicholas von Maltzahn von Maltzahn,Nicholas 401

List of contributors 443

Index 447

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