Miltons Warring Angels: A Study of Critical Engagements by William KolbrenerMiltons Warring Angels: A Study of Critical Engagements by William Kolbrener

Miltons Warring Angels: A Study of Critical Engagements

byWilliam Kolbrener

Paperback | November 24, 2008

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 259 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The centrality of Milton to the study of English literature obscures the intense debates that rage about his true allegiances. Was he a Christian Republican or a committed individualist, a radical, heretical free thinker, or a traditional absolutist? In Milton's Warring Angels, William Kolbrener provides a critical account of the reception and interpretation of Milton's texts. He claims that Milton resists paradigms of modernity drawn from the Enlightenment. His writing instead mediates between apparently contradictory positions. This ability to resist tendentious appropriations and reductive readings helps explain the continuing critical fascination with this most enigmatic of writers.
Title:Miltons Warring Angels: A Study of Critical EngagementsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:228 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 24, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521101824

ISBN - 13:9780521101820

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Politics: 1. 'Plainly partiall': the liberal Areopagitica; 2. 'Not the readiest way': Milton and the abandonment of politics; Part II. Theology: 3. Introduction: Whig metaphysics; 4. 'Abnormal forms of discourse': Milton's De Doctrina Christiana; 5. 'Milton contrasted with Milton': multiplicity in De Doctrina Christiana; Part III. Poetics: 6. Those grand Whigs, Bentley and Fish; 7. A 'noble stroke': representation in Paradise Lost; Conclusion: devils, angels and Milton; Notes; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"[Milton's Warring Angels] is brilliant. This is a serious book that invites every reader to Milton to acknowledge the 'situatedness' of his or her relation to the texts. The book is the product of sustained thought, and it invites questions from its readers. It subtly and maturely demonstrates the nexus of politics, religion, and poetics in Milton's texts...the reader can participate in the negativity in which thought - as opposed to fixed judgment - comes into its own and can thus occasionall experience the sublime." Journal of English and Germanic Philology