Milton's Shorter Poetry and Prose / Edition 1

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Milton's shorter poetry and prose can be challenging to teach, but they reward instructors and students many times over: they introduce in compact, accessible form the themes and difficult syntax of Paradise Lost, expand and comment on the epic and on one another, and provide students ideal training in close reading. The essays in this volume constitute a road map for exploring the most frequently taught of Milton's shorter works—"Lycidas," the Nativity Ode, Comus, Samson Agonistes, Areopagitica, and The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce—as well as the sonnets, Paradise Regained, The Reason of Church Government, and The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth, among others. The contributors demonstrate ways of incorporating Milton's shorter works into a range of classrooms, from survey courses to Milton seminars; list specific tools to make the works' relevance and aesthetic pleasures available to a wide variety of student populations; and offer a wealth of techniques for helping students navigate Milton's demanding style and complicated historical context. Like all volumes in the Approaches series, this collection includes a convenient survey of original and supplementary materials and a comprehensive array of classroom tactics. Three sections of essays provide general approaches to the poetry and prose, through biography, genre, literary and political history, and other methodologies. The fourth section addresses the teaching of individual poems, and the final section articulates ways into specific prose works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873525947
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 284
  • Sales rank: 1,526,344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series

Preface to the Volume

Part 1 Materials Peter C. Herman Herman, Peter C.

Editions and Texts 3

Reference Works and Biographies 4

Audiovisual and Online Resources 5

Required and Recommended Reading for Students 7

The Instructor's Library 8

Part 2 Approaches

Introduction: Which Courses and What Gets Taught 15

Approaching Milton's Poetry and Prose

Biographic Milton: Teaching the Undead Author James Dougal Fleming Fleming, James Dougal 24

Past and Present: Memorializing the English Nation Andrew Escobedo Escobedo, Andrew 29

Teaching Milton and Gender Catherine Gimelli Martin Martin, Catherine Gimelli 35

Milton and Hebraism Jason P. Rosenblatt Rosenblatt, Jason P. 42

Milton and the Undergraduate British Literature Survey Course: Who, Where, When, How, and, by All Means, Why? Angelica Duran Duran, Angelica 47

Approaching Milton's Poetry

Milton and Textual Studies: Teaching "On Shakespeare" as a Work in Progress Stephen B. Dobranski Dobranski, Stephen B. 54

"That Glorious Form": Teaching the Nativity Ode and Samson Agonistes through Visual Images Wendy Furman-Adams Furman-Adams, Wendy 62

Teaching Theology in Milton's Shorter Poetry Albert C. Labriola Labriola, Albert C. 74

Milton's Sonnets and the Sonnet Tradition Jennifer Lewin Lewin, Jennifer 80

Pursuing the Subtle Thief: Teaching Meter in Milton's Short Poems Elizabeth Harris Sagaser Sagaser, Elizabeth Harris 88

Radical Politics and Milton's Civil War Verse: "Licence" and "Libertie" Elizabeth Sauer Sauer, Elizabeth 97

Approaching Milton's Prose

Approaching the Antiprelatical Tracts John T. Shawcross Shawcross, John T. 103

Milton and the BibleJameela Lares Lares, Jameela 110

Elaborating Differences: Miltons Areopagitica in the Postmodern Classroom William Kolbrener Kolbrener, William 114

Teaching Milton's Late Political Tracts in a Public, Comprehensive University Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler Skerpan-Wheeler, Elizabeth 121

Discipline in the Classroom Alison A. Chapman Chapman, Alison A. 126

Milton and the Constitution, Ancient and American Peter C. Herman Herman, Peter C. 132

Teaching Specific Texts: Poetry

Introducing John Milton: Why, When, and How to Teach "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity John Rumrich Rumrich, John 139

Milton and the Incarnation: Embodiment, Gender, and Eroticism in "On the Morning of Christs Nativity" Richard Rambuss Rambuss, Richard 145

The "Unowned" Lady: Teaching Comus and Gender Lynne A. Greenberg Greenberg, Lynne A. 152

Companionable Poetry: Milton's "L'Allegro" and "Il Penseroso" David Mikics Mikics, David 156

"On Shakespeare," Poetic Rivalry, and the Art of the Intertext Curtis Perry Perry, Curtis 161

Reading for Detail: Four Approaches to Sonnet 19 Bruce Boehrer Boehrer, Bruce 166

Johnson, Genre, and "Lycidas" Matthew Davis Davis, Matthew 171

Exploring Early Modern Homosociality: Milton's "Lycidas" in the General Education Classroom Mark K. Fulk Fulk, Mark K. 175

Teaching Paradise Regained Barbara K. Lewalski Lewalski, Barbara K. 179

"By Winning Words to Conquer Willing Hearts": Teaching Miltonic Strategies of Alliteration in Paradise Regained R. Allen Shoaf Shoaf, R. Allen 185

"Passion Spent": Teaching Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes as Twin Texts Jeffrey Shoulson Shoulson, Jeffrey 189

Interpreting Dalila: Samson Agonistes and the Politics of Servility David Loewenstein Loewenstein, David 194

"Ruin, Destruction at the Utmost Point": Terrorism and Samson Agonistes Joseph A. Wittreich Wittreich, Joseph A. 200

Teaching Specific Texts: Prose

Biography, Creation, and Authority in The Reason of Church Government Gardner Campbell Campbell, Gardner 205

Areopagitica and Free Speech John Leonard Leonard, John 211

Arguing about Politics in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates and Contemporary Debates Gina Hausknecht Hausknecht, Gina 218

Milton versus King Charles: Re-Creating the Debate of Eikonoklastes Laura Lunger Knoppers Knoppers, Laura Lunger 222

Reading Milton Reading in The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce; or, How to Make His "Wild" and "Wary" Hermeneutics Matter in the Classroom Shari A. Zimmerman Zimmerman, Shari A. 228

On Christian Doctrine: Teaching the Conflict and What's at Stake David V. Urban Urban, David V. 235

The Ready and Easy Way: Milton's Utopia? Matthew Woodcock Woodcock, Matthew 242

Notes on Contributors 247

Survey Participants 253

Works Cited 255

Index of Names 277

Index of Works by Milton 283

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