This book reads Milton's Paradise Lost as a poem that seeks to educate its reader by narrating the education of its main characters. Many of Milton's characters enter the action in late adolescence, newly independent and eager to test themselves, to discover who they are and their place in the world. The poem charts their progress into moral adulthood. Taking as its premise that attention to the moral development of the poem's main characters will open the poem to most undergraduate readers, this book explores both the pedagogical activity within Paradise Lost and the pedagogical activity that the poem encourages.
About the Author:
Margaret Olofson Thickstun currently holds the Elizabeth J. McCormack Professorship in English Literature at Hamilton College
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About the Author
Margaret Thickstun holds the Elizabeth J. McCormack Professorship in English Literature at Hamilton College.