Politics, Poetics, and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose

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In this book some of the most eminent critics of seventeenth-century literature and some of the liveliest younger scholars explore the interconnections between Milton's politics, poetics, and prose writings. While the essays focus on Milton's prose, they open up new perspectives on his major poems and on seventeenth-century ideologies, theologies, and interpretative practices. Their aim is to bridge the gap between a history-of-ideas approach and literary/textual analysis, showing how key ideas - such as ...
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Overview

In this book some of the most eminent critics of seventeenth-century literature and some of the liveliest younger scholars explore the interconnections between Milton's politics, poetics, and prose writings. While the essays focus on Milton's prose, they open up new perspectives on his major poems and on seventeenth-century ideologies, theologies, and interpretative practices. Their aim is to bridge the gap between a history-of-ideas approach and literary/textual analysis, showing how key ideas - such as authority, divorce, martyrdom or iconoclasm - stimulate and trouble the imagination of a great writer. These essays challenge the notion of Milton's prose as an 'achievement of the left hand', and propose a complex relation between text and context, the aesthetic and the sociopolitical, issues of representation and the politics of gender.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521034142
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     ix
List of contributors     xi
A note on citations and abbreviations     xiv
Introduction: "Labouring in the Word"   David Loewenstein   James Grantham Turner     1
Embodying glory: the apocalyptic strain in Milton's Of Reformation   Janel Mueller     9
Wanting a supplement: the question of interpretation in Milton's early prose   Stanley Fish     41
The metaphysics of Milton's divorce tracts   Stephen M. Fallon     69
No meer amatorious novel?   Annabel Patterson     85
Areopagitica: voicing contexts, 1643-5   Nigel Smith     103
Milton's Observations upon the Articles of Peace: Ireland under English eyes   Thomas N. Corns     123
Milton's iconoclastic truth   Lana Cable     135
"Suffering for Truths sake": Milton and martyrdom   John R. Knott, Jr.     153
Milton and the poetics of defense   David Loewenstein     171
Elective poetics and Milton's prose: A Treatise of Civil Power and Considerations Touching the Likeliest Means to Remove Hirelings Out of the Church   Susanne Woods     193
Milton's The Readie and Easie Way and the English jeremiad   Laura Lunger Knoppers     213
Citation, authority, and De Doctrina Christiana   Regina M. Schwartz     227
The History of Britain and its Restoration audience   Gary D. Hamilton     241
The poetics of engagement   James Grantham Turner     257
Index     276
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