Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica

Polite Wisdom: Heathen Rhetoric in Milton's Areopagitica

by Paul M. Dowling


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Through a careful and lively analysis of censorship in the Areopagitica, Paul M. Dowling challenges prevailing views of Milton as a Puritan and grapples with a perennial political issue: censorship. In addition to refuting traditional interpretations of Milton, Dowling's reading of the Areopagitica questions the currently fashionable assumption that thinkers unconsciously reflect the tenor of their times. Polite Wisdom will be of interest of political philosophers as well as scholars and students of English literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847680528
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/06/1995
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Paul M. Dowling is professor of English at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: "Historicizing" Milton Chapter 2 Shrewd Frontispieces: "To the Parliament of England" Chapter 3 Use (or Abuse) of History Chapter 4 The Christian Authorities Chapter 5 The Insufficiency of Licensing Chapter 6 The Harm of Licensing Chapter 7 Digression on the "Nation" Chapter 8 The Peroration: "What is Appropriate for Each" Chapter 9 Conclusion: "Polite Wisdom" Chapter 10 Appendix: Events in The Life of John Milton

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