Milton and the Terms of Liberty

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In his Second Defence of the English People (1654), reflecting on his career as a prose writer, prior to embarking on the composition of Paradise Lost, John Milton identified 'three varieties of liberty without which civilized life is scarcely possible, namely ecclesiastical liberty, domestic or personal liberty, and civil liberty'. In retrospect he was able to find in his earlier writings a systematic exposition of the grounds of freedom, and a commitment to expanding its domain through publication and polemic. ...
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In his Second Defence of the English People (1654), reflecting on his career as a prose writer, prior to embarking on the composition of Paradise Lost, John Milton identified 'three varieties of liberty without which civilized life is scarcely possible, namely ecclesiastical liberty, domestic or personal liberty, and civil liberty'. In retrospect he was able to find in his earlier writings a systematic exposition of the grounds of freedom, and a commitment to expanding its domain through publication and polemic. Taking initiative from both the history of political thought and historicist aesthetics, the essays in this collection (which derive from the International Milton symposium at York) consider the conditions of liberty in Milton's writings, and the contested development of his republicanism, through his career as a civil servant and prose writer, through his great poems, to his posthumous reputation and the appropriation of his works; and they extend laterally to typologies of liberty, the realm of law, prosody, and religious faith and persecution.Winner of the 2002 Irene Samuel Prize for best composite work on Milton. The contributors are: THOMAS CORNS, JOHN CREASER, MARTIN DZELZAINIS, KATSUHIRO ENGETSU, STEPEHN FALLON, BARBARA LEWALSKI, JANEL MUELLER, CHRISTOPHER ORCHARD, GRAHAM PARRY, JOAD RAYMOND, JOHN RUMRICH, QUENTIN SKINNER, ANNE-JULIA ZWIERLEIN.GRAHAM PARRY is Professor of English, University of York; JOAD RAYMOND lectures in the School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia.
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(A) richly satisfying volume. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CLASSICAL TRADITIONWinner of the Irene Samuel Prize from the Milton Society of America for the best composite volume of Milton studies published in 2002. Enriches and brings further nuance to our understanding of Milton as writer and politician. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL A first-rate collection of studies....The quality of the book's essays is very high indeed; they deserve to be widely read and debated by scholars and students of Milton's England. JNL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORYA volume of strong and engaging essays that are a revealing window on Milton studies in an international perspectives.... (It) should be of considerable value and interest to scholars and students of Milton and his times. LITERATURE AND HISTORY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859916394
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2002
  • Series: Studies in Renaissance Literature, #7
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 John Milton and the Politics of Slavery 1
2 Milton before 'Lycidas' 23
3 Prosody and Liberty in Milton and Marvell 37
4 'In These Western Parts of the Empire': Milton and Roman Law 57
5 The King is a Thing 69
6 'in time of Warre...our Language is all corrupt with military Tearms': The Politics of Martial Metaphors in Post-regicide England 95
7 Alexander More Reads Milton: Self-representation and Anxiety in Milton's Defences 111
8 Stylometry and the Provenance of De doctrina christiana 125
9 The Figure and the Ground: Samson as a Hero of London Nonconformity, 1662-1667 137
10 The Publication of the King's Privacy: Paradise Regained and Of True Religion in Restoration England 163
11 'To try, and teach the erring Soul': Milton's Last Seven Years 175
12 Pandemonic Panoramas: Surveying Milton's 'vain empires' in the Long Eighteenth Century 191
Index 215
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