The Oxford Handbook of Milton

Paperback | November 2, 2011

EditorNicholas McDowell, Nigel Smith

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Four hundred years after his birth, John Milton remains one of the greatest and most controversial figures in English literature. The Oxford Handbook of Milton is a comprehensive guide to the state of Milton studies in the early twenty-first century, bringing together an international team ofthirty-five leading scholars in one volume. The rise of critical interest in Milton's political and religious ideas is the most striking aspect of Milton studies in recent times, a consequence in great part of the increasingly fluid relations between literary and historical study. The Handbook bothembodies the interest in Milton's political and religious contexts in the last generation and seeks to inaugurate a new phase in Milton studies through closer integration of the poetry and prose. There are eight essays on various aspects of Paradise Lost, ranging from its classical background andpoetic form to its heretical theology and representation of God. There are sections devoted both to the shorter poems, including 'Lycidas' and Comus, and the final poems, Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. There are also three sections on Milton's prose: the early controversial works on church government, divorce, and toleration, including Areopagitica; the regicide and republican prose of 1649-1660, the period during which he served as the chief propagandist for the English Commonwealth andCromwell's Protectorate, and the various writings on education, history, and theology. The opening essays explore what we know about Milton's biography and what it might tell us; the final essays offer interpretations of aspects of Milton's massive influence on later writers, including the Romanticpoets.

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Four hundred years after his birth, John Milton remains one of the greatest and most controversial figures in English literature. The Oxford Handbook of Milton is a comprehensive guide to the state of Milton studies in the early twenty-first century, bringing together an international team ofthirty-five leading scholars in one volume. ...

Nicholas McDowell is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Exeter. Previously he was a Research Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He is the author of The English Radical Imagination: Culture, Religion, and Revolution, 1630-1660 (Oxford University Press, 2003), Poetry and Allegiance in the Englis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:752 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.87 inPublished:November 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on ContributorsNote on the Text and List of AbbreviationsMiltons' Life: Some Significant DatesPart I: Lives1. Edward Jones: 'Ere Half My Days': Milton's Life, 1608-16402. Nicholas von Maltzahn: John Milton: The Later Life, 1641-1675Part II: Shorter Poems3. Estelle Haan: 'The Adorning of My Native Tongue': Milton's Latin Poetry and Linguistic Metamorphosis4. Gordon Teskey: Milton's Early English Poems: The Nativity Ode, 'L'Allegro', 'Il Penseroso'5. Ann Baynes Coiro: 'A thousand fantasies': The Lady and the --Maske6. Nicholas McDowell: 'Lycidas' and the Influence of Anxiety7. John Leonard: The Troubled, Quiet Endings of Milton's English SonnetsPart III: Civil War Prose, 1641-458. Nigel Smith: The Anti-Episcopal Tracts: Republicanism Puritanism and the Truth in Poetry9. Sharon Achinstein: 'A Law in this matter to himself': Contextualising Milton's Divorce Tracts10. Diane Purkiss: Whose Liberty? The Rhetoric of Milton's Divorce Tracts11. Ann Hughes: Milton --Areopagitica, and the Parliamentary Cause12. Blair Hoxby: --Areopagitica and LibertyPart IV: Regicide, Republican, and Restoration Prose13. Stephen M. Fallon: 'The Strangest Piece of Reason': Milton's --Tenure of Kings and Magistrates14. Nicholas McDowell: Milton's Regicide Tracts and the Uses of Shakespeare15. Joad Raymond: John Milton, European: the Rhetoric of Milton's Defences16. Estelle Haan: --Defensio Prima and the Latin Poets17. N. H. Keeble: 'Nothing nobler then a free Commonwealth': Milton's Later Vernacular Republican Tracts18. Elizabeth Sauer: Disestablishment, Toleration, the New Testament Nation: Milton's Late Religious Tracts19. Paul Stevens: Milton and National IdentityPart V: Writings on Education, History, Theology20. William Poole: The Genres of Milton's Commonplace Book21. Timothy Raylor: Milton, the Hartlib Circle, and the Education of the Aristocracy22. Martin Dzelzainis: Conquest and Slavery in Milton's --History of Britain23. Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. Corns: --IDe Doctrina Christiana: An England That Might Have BeenPart VI: --Paradise Lost24. Charles Martindale: Writing Epic: Paradise Lost25. John Creaser: 'A mind of most exceptional energy': Verse Rhythm in Paradise Lost26. Stephen B. Dobranski: Editing Milton: the Case against Modernization27. Karen L. Edwards: The 'World' of --Paradise Lost28. Nigel Smith: --Paradise Lost and Heresy29. Stuart Curran: God30. Susan Wiseman: Eve, --Paradise Lost, and Female Interpretation31. Martin Dzelzainis: The Politics of --Paradise LostPart VII: 1671 Poems: --Paradise Regained and --Samson Agonistes32. Laura Lunger Knoppers: 'Englands Case': Context of the 1671 Poems33. John Rogers: --Paradise Regained and the Memory of --Paradise Lost34. R. W. Serjeantson: --Samson Agonistes and 'Single Rebellion'35. Regina M. Schwartz: --Samson Agonistes: the Force of Justice and the Violence of Idolatry36. Elizabeth D. Harvey: --Samson Agonistes and Milton's Sensible EthicsPart VII: Aspects of Influence37. Anne-Julia Zwierlein: Milton Epic and Bucolic: Empire and Readings of --Paradise Lost, 1667-183738. Joseph Wittreich: Miltonic Romanticism

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