The New Milton Criticism

The New Milton Criticism

by Peter C. Herman
     
 

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The New Milton Criticism seeks to emphasize ambivalence and discontinuity in Milton's work and interrogate the assumptions and certainties in previous Milton scholarship. Contributors to the volume move Milton's open-ended poetics to the center of Milton studies by showing how analyzing irresolvable questions – religious, philosophical and literary critical &

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The New Milton Criticism seeks to emphasize ambivalence and discontinuity in Milton's work and interrogate the assumptions and certainties in previous Milton scholarship. Contributors to the volume move Milton's open-ended poetics to the center of Milton studies by showing how analyzing irresolvable questions – religious, philosophical and literary critical – transforms interpretation and enriches appreciation of his work. The New Milton Criticism encourages scholars to embrace uncertainties in his writings rather than attempt to explain them away. Twelve critics from a range of countries, approaches and methodologies explore these questions in these new readings of Paradise Lost and other works. Sure to become a focus of debate and controversy in the field, this volume is a truly original contribution to early modern studies.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The writing throughout is lucid and accessible, and each essay is followed by endnotes with full bibliographic details."
Choice

"The New Milton Criticism is an impressively ambitious attempt to redefine the landscape of Milton studies."
The Seventeenth Century

"A collection of largely embracing essays, studded with bright little insights into particular passages, and the "against-the-grain" feel of (almost) the entire book will surely have warmed the hearts of its contributors."
William Poole, Milton Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107603950
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Peter C. Herman is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University.

Elizabeth Sauer is Professor of English at Brock University, Canada.

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