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Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica
     

Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica

by Paul M. Dowling
 

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Through a careful and lively analysis of censorship in the Areopagitica, Paul M. Dowling challenges prevailing views of Milton as a Puritan and grapples with a perennial political issue: censorship. In addition to refuting traditional interpretations of Milton, Dowling's reading of the Areopagitica questions the currently fashionable assumption that thinkers

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Through a careful and lively analysis of censorship in the Areopagitica, Paul M. Dowling challenges prevailing views of Milton as a Puritan and grapples with a perennial political issue: censorship. In addition to refuting traditional interpretations of Milton, Dowling's reading of the Areopagitica questions the currently fashionable assumption that thinkers unconsciously reflect the tenor of their times. Polite Wisdom will be of interest of political philosophers as well as scholars and students of English literature.

Editorial Reviews

Paul A. Cantor
. . . reopens the question of Milton's orthodoxy by taking a fresh look at what is really going on behind the complex wandering syntax and elusive allusivenes of the great poet's prose.
David L. Schaefer
. . . a pathbreaking interpretation of Milton's Areopagitica . . . It is a fine work of scholarship. It should be of great interest to Milton scholars and to all students of the history of political thought.
Harry M. Clor
. . . [T]the most penetrating and provocative work on Milton's Areopagitica that I've seen . . . Dowling's striking thesis . . . is presented with impressive historical learning and philosophic subtlety . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847680528
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/06/1995
Pages:
146
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Paul M. Dowling is professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

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