Milton Unbound: Controversy and Reinterpretation

Milton Unbound: Controversy and Reinterpretation

by John P. Rumrich
     
 

John Milton holds a crucial strategic position on the intellectual and ideological map of literary studies. In this provocative and liberating study, John P. Rumrich contends that contemporary critics have contributed to the invention of a monolithic or institutional Milton: censorious preacher, aggressive mysogynist, and champion of the emerging bourgeoisie. Rumrich…  See more details below

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John Milton holds a crucial strategic position on the intellectual and ideological map of literary studies. In this provocative and liberating study, John P. Rumrich contends that contemporary critics have contributed to the invention of a monolithic or institutional Milton: censorious preacher, aggressive mysogynist, and champion of the emerging bourgeoisie. Rumrich exposes the historical inaccuracies and logical inconsistencies that sustain this orthodoxy, and argues instead for a more complex Milton who was able to accommodate uncertainty and doubt.

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"...consistently engaging. His discussions of Chaos, of the distinctions between human beings and angels, and of the 'excessiveness' of Eve are important contributions to Milton scholarship....this book is a book that all Milton scholars will want to read." Sewanee Review

"In demonstrating the limitations of criticism, the author brings to bear close reading and a startling amount of learning....Rumrich has produced a learned and valuable study of the limitiations of critical analysis." Choice

"This is one of the most interesting books to have been written on Milton for some time. It is intelligent, perceptive, and thought-provoking. John Rumrich's writing is full of splendid insights..." The Sixteenth Century Journal

"Rumrich's insights on gender and generation, on maternal influence and indeterminacy in Milton's works are astute and illuminating." Laura Lunger Knoppers, Clio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521032209
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

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