Published annually by Duquesne University Press as an important forum for Milton scholarship and criticism, Milton Studies focuses on various aspects of John Milton’s life and writing, including biography; literary history; Milton’s work in its literary, intellectual, political, or cultural contexts; Milton’s influence on or relationship to other writers; and the history of critical response to his work. The eight essays in this volume offer a variety of fresh subjects and cutting-edge approaches to Milton’s prose and poetry.
The ten essays in Milton Studies 49 cover a wide range of topics including: the relationship of Milton’s Satan to Marlowe’s work; the adaptation of several episodes and demonic characters in Book II of Paradise Lost to the saga of Odysseus; the implications of Odyssean allusions in Paradise Lost as the means of reconciling classical and Christian ethics; Milton’s idea of oneness as it evolves from reevaluating sexuality and gender relations in his works and his concept of end-time; Eve’s dream in Paradise Lost and the interrelationship of identity, gender relations, and choice; passion in the godhead of Paradise Lost as the depiction of a deity who is not merely anthropomorphic but also anthropopathetic; Jesus’ attitude toward reading practice in Paradise Regained; the two natures of Christ in Paradise Regained; the tension between commitment and freedom in Milton’s concepts of marriage and divorce; and Milton’s influence through the panorama of American literature.
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About the Author
Albert C. Labriola was a professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at Duquesne University and secretary of the Milton Society of America. He was also the general editor of the Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies book series. He was named the Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America for 2000.
Table of Contents
The Lady of Christ's College, Himself a "Lady Wise and Pure": Parabolic Self-Reference in John Milton's Sonnet IX 1
"Not a Bow for Every Man to Shoot": Milton's Of Education, between Hartlib and Humanism 24
Brotherhood of the Illuminati: Milton, Galileo, and the Poetics of Conspiracy 54
"Great things to small may be compared": Rhetorical Microscopy in Paradise Lost 96
Nation, Empire, and the Strange Fire of the Tartars in Milton's Poetry and Prose 118
"Flowers Worthy of Paradise": Milton and the Language of Flowers 145
Spiritual Union and the Problem of Sexuality 168
The War Against Heresy in Milton's England 185
Milton and Enthusiasm: Radical Religion and the Poetics of Paradise Regained 219