Milton and Toleration

Hardcover | August 13, 2007

EditorSharon Achinstein, Elizabeth Sauer

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Locating John Milton's works in national and international contexts, and applying a variety of approaches from literary to historical, philosophical, and postcolonial, Milton and Toleration offers a wide-ranging exploration of how Milton's visions of tolerance reveal deeper movements in thehistory of the imagination. Milton is often enlisted in stories about the rise of toleration: his advocacy of open debate in defending press freedoms, his condemnation of persecution, and his criticism of ecclesiastical and political hierarchies have long been read as milestones on the road totoleration. However, there is also an intolerant Milton, whose defence of religious liberty reached only as far as Protestants. This book of sixteen essays by leading scholars analyses tolerance in Milton's poetry and prose, examining the literary means by which tolerance was questioned, observed,and became an object of meditation. Organized in three parts, 'Revising Whig Accounts,' 'Philosophical Engagements,' 'Poetry and Rhetoric,' the contributors, including leading Milton scholars from the USA, Canada, and the UK, address central toleration issues including heresy, violence, imperialism,republicanism, Catholicism, Islam, church community, liberalism, libertinism, natural law, legal theory, and equity. A pan-European perspective is presented through analysis of Milton's engagement with key figures and radical groups. All of Milton's major works are given an airing, including proseand poetry, and the book suggests that Milton's writings are a significant medium through which to explore the making of modern ideas of tolerance.

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Locating John Milton's works in national and international contexts, and applying a variety of approaches from literary to historical, philosophical, and postcolonial, Milton and Toleration offers a wide-ranging exploration of how Milton's visions of tolerance reveal deeper movements in thehistory of the imagination. Milton is often e...

Sharon Achinstein is Reader in Renaissance Literature at Oxford University, and author of iLiterature and Dissent in Milton's England/i(2003). Her iMilton and the Revolutionary Reader/i (1994) won the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Prize, and she has edited a special issue of iWomen's Studies/i on Literature and Gend...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:August 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019929593X

ISBN - 13:9780199295937

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Notes on Contributors1. Sharon Achinstein and Elizabeth Sauer: IntroductionPart I: Revising Whig Accounts2. Nigel Smith: Milton and the European Contexts of Toleration3. David Loewenstein: Toleration and the Specter of Heresy in Milton's England4. Thomas N. Corns: John Milton, Roger Williams, and the Limits of Toleration5. Nicholas von Maltzahn: Milton, Marvell, and TolerationPart II: Philosophical and Religious Engagements6. James Grantham Turner: Libertinism and Toleration: Milton, Bruno and Aretino7. Jason P. Rosenblatt: Milton, Natural Law, and Toleration8. Victoria Silver: 'A Taken Scandal not a Given': Milton's Equitable Grounds of Toleration9. Martin Dzelzainis: Milton and Antitrinitarianism10. Andrew Hadfield: Milton and CatholicismPart III: Poetry and Rhetoric11. Elizabeth Sauer: Toleration and Nationhood in the 1650s: Sonnet XV and the Case of Ireland12. Sharon Achinstein: Toleration in Milton's Epics: A Chimera?13. Paul Stevens: Intolerance and the Virtues of Sacred Vehemence14. Lana Cable: Secularizing Conscience in Milton's Republican Community15. Gerald MacLean: Milton, Islam and the OttomansAnn Hughes: Afterword

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"Editors Sharon Achinstein and Elizabeth Sauer have drawn together a timely, important, and remarkably coherent collection of essays.... All in all, this volume offers a trove of meticulous historical research and exemplary literary criticism."--Thomas Fulton, Renaissance Quarterly