Milton in the Long Restoration

Hardcover | August 27, 2016

EditorBlair Hoxby, Ann Baynes Coiro

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Milton criticism often treats the poet as if he were the last of the Renaissance poets or a visionary prophet who remained misunderstood until he was read by the Romantics. At the same time, literary histories of the period often invoke a Long Eighteenth Century that reaches its climax withthe French Revolution or the Reform Bill of 1832. What gets overlooked in such accounts is the rich story of Milton's relationship to his contemporaries and early eighteenth-century heirs. The essays in this collection demonstrate that some of Milton's earliest readers were more perceptive than Romantic and twentieth-century interpreters. The translations, editions, and commentaries produced by early eighteenth century men of letters emerge as the seedbed of modern criticism and theterm "neoclassical" is itself unmasked as an inadequate characterization of the literary criticism and poetry of the period - a period that could brilliantly define a Miltonic sublime, even as it supported and described all the varieties of parody and domestication found in the mock epic and thenovel. These essays, which are written by a team of leading Miltonists and scholars of the Restoration and eighteenth century, cover a range of topics - from Milton's early editors and translators to his first theatrical producers; from Miltonic similes in Pope's Iliad to Miltonic echoes in Austen'sPride and Prejudice; from marriage, to slavery, to republicanism, to the heresy of Arianism. What they share in common is a conviction that the early eighteenth century understood Milton and that the Long Restoration cannot be understood without him.

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Milton criticism often treats the poet as if he were the last of the Renaissance poets or a visionary prophet who remained misunderstood until he was read by the Romantics. At the same time, literary histories of the period often invoke a Long Eighteenth Century that reaches its climax withthe French Revolution or the Reform Bill of 18...

Blair Hoxby is an Associate Professor of English at Stanford University. After graduating with an A. B. from Harvard University, he studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He then earned his Ph.D. from Yale University. Before coming to Stanford, he was an Associate Professor of English at Yale and an Associate Professor of Hi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:640 pagesPublished:August 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Blair Hoxby: Introduction: Why Milton in the Long Restoration?I. Paradise Lost: Reception and Interpretation1. Denise Gigante: Milton's Spots: Addison on Paradise Lost2. David Harper: Critical Mass: Contextualizing Bentley's Paradise Lost3. N. K. Sugimura: "A Fine Paradisaical Notion": Materialism and Paradise Lost in the 'Long Restoration'4. Blair Hoxby: 'In the Dun Air Sublime': Milton, the Richardsons, and the Invention of Aesthetic CategoriesII. The Dramatic and Theatrical Milton5. Ann Baynes Coiro: Milton's Essay of Dramatic Poetry6. Catherine Gimelli Martin: John Dennis, John Locke, and the Sublimation of Revolt: Samson Agonistes after the Glorious Revolution7. Blaine Greteman: 'To Secure Our Freedom': How A Mask Presented at Ludlow-Castle Became Milton's Comus8. Ruth Smith: Milton Modulated for Handel's Music, 1739-46III. Lineal Descents and Clans9. 'I still denied, much pleased to hear you sue': Milton's Eve, Ovid, and the Restoration Coquette: 'I still denied, much pleased to hear you sue': Milton's Eve, Ovid, and the Restoration Coquette10. Dustin Stewart: Angel Bodies to Whig Souls: Blank Verse after Blenheim11. Christopher R. Miller: Yet Once More: Milton's Lyric Descendants12. Sophie Gee: Milton's PopeIV. Conditions of Liberty13. Greg Chaplin: The Circling Hours: Revolution in Paradise Regained14. Martin Dzelzainis: 'In power of others, never in my own': The Meaning of Slavery in Samson Agonistes15. Nicholas von Maltzahn: Milton and the Restoration Literae16. Stephen M. Fallon: Milton, Newton, and the Implications of Arianism17. Mary Nyquist: Friday as Fit HelpV. Wider Worlds18. Sharon Achinstein: Early Modern Marriage in a Secular Age: Beyond the Sexual Contract19. Nigel Smith: Haak's Milton20. Jason Peacey: Miltonic Texts and European Politics, 1674-168221. Anne-Julia Zwierlein: Purging the Visual Nerve: Exploration, 'Revelation', and Cosmography in Milton Commentaries and Criticism of the Long Restoration22. Steven Pincus: Some Thoughts on Periodization: John Milton to Adam Smith and BeyondVI. Epic, Mock Epic, and the Novel23. John Leonard: Milton, the Long Restoration, and Pope's Iliad24. Anthony Welch: Paradise Lost and English Mock Heroic25. Joanna Picciotto: Milton and the People26. Michael McKeon: Paradise Lost in the Long Restoration, 1660-1742: The Parody of Form27. Paul Stevens: Raphael's Condescension: Paradise Lost, Jane Austen, and the Secular Displacement of GraceVII. Milton's LivesJayne Lewis: 'His Ears Now Were Eyes to Him': The Lives of Milton in the Long RestorationIndex