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Approaches to Teaching Milton?s Paradise Lost by Peter C. Herman

This second edition of Approaches to Teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost addresses Milton in the light of the digital age, new critical approaches to his poem, and his continued presence in contemporary culture. It aims to help instructors enliven the teaching of Paradise Lost and address the challenges presented to students by the poem—the early modern syntax and vocabulary, the political and theological contexts, and the abounding classical references.

The first part of the volume, “Materials,” evaluates the many available editions of the poem, points to relevant reference works, recommends additional reading, and outlines useful audiovisual and online aids for teaching Milton’s epic poem. The essays in the second part, “Approaches,” are grouped by several themes: literary and historical contexts, characters, poetics, critical approaches, classrooms, and performance. The essays cover epic conventions and literary and biblical allusions, new approaches such as ecocriticism and masculinity studies, and reading Milton on the Web, among other topics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603291163
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #122
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Herman is the author of Royal Poetrie: Monarchic Verse and the Political Imaginary of Early Modern England; A Short History of Early Modern England; and Destabilizing Milton: "Paradise Lost" and the Poetics of Incertitude. He also edited Approaches to Teaching Milton's Shorter Poetry and Prose and co-edited, with Elizabeth Sauer, The New Milton Criticism (under submission). He teaches at San Diego State University.

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