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Oxford Handbook of Milton (Nicholas McDowell Nigel Smith (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2009) 9780199210886
Oxford Handbook of Milton (Nicholas McDowell Nigel Smith (ed)) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2009) 9780199210886
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Title: The Oxford Handbook of Milton

Author: McDowell, Nicholas Nigel Smith (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2009

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199210886

Volumes: 1; Pages: 656

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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 of thirty-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 Oxford Handbook both embodies 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 and poetic 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 and Cromwell'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 Romantic poets.Features* Most comprehensive collection of original essays ever published on Milton, with equal number of essays devoted to the poetry and prose--enables readers to get a sense of Milton's career as a whole, as poet, polemicist, and thinker* Essays divided into key sections, such as 'Shorter Poems', 'Paradise Lost', 'Early Prose', allowing readers to focus on a specific area of interest and, in the prose sections, to follow Milton's developing or fluctuating lines of argument* Most essays are devoted to and include detailed discussion of a specific text or cluster of related textsTable of ContentsNotes on ContributorsNote on the Text and List of AbbreviationsMiltons' Life: Some Significant DatesPart I: Lives1. 'Ere Half My Days': Milton's Life, 1608-1640, Edward Jones2. John Milton: The Later Life, 1641-1675, Nicholas von MaltzahnPart II: Shorter Poems3. 'The Adorning of My Native Tongue': Milton's Latin Poetry and Linguistic Metamorphosis, Estelle Haan4. Milton's Early English Poems: The Nativity Ode, 'L'Allegro', 'Il Penseroso', Gordon Teskey5. 'A thousand fantasies': The Lady and the Maske, Ann Baynes Coiro6. 'Lycidas' and the Influence of Anxiety, Nicholas McDowell7. The Troubled, Quiet Endings of Milton's English Sonnets, John LeonardPart III: Civil War Prose, 1641-458. The Anti-Episcopal Tracts: Republicanism Puritanism and the Truth in Poetry, Nigel Smith9. 'A Law in this matter to himself': Contextualising Milton's Divorce Tracts, Sharon Achinstein10. Whose Liberty? The Rhetoric of Milton's Divorce Tracts, Diane Purkiss11. Milton Areopagitica, and the Parliamentary Cause, Ann Hughes12. Areopagitica and Liberty, Blair HoxbyPart IV: Regicide, Republican, and Restoration Prose13. 'The Strangest Piece of Reason': Milton's Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, Stephen M. Fallon14. Milton's Regicide Tracts and the Uses of Shakespeare, Nicholas McDowell15. John Milton, European: the Rhetoric of Milton's Defences, Joad Raymond16. Defensio Prima and the Latin Poets, Estelle Haan17. 'Nothing nobler then a free Commonwealth': Milton's Later Vernacular Republican Tracts, N. H. Keeble18. Disestablishment, Toleration, the New Testament Nation: Milton's Late Religious Tracts, Elizabeth Sauer19. Milton and National Identity, Paul StevensPart V: Writings on Education, History, Theology20. The Genres of Milton's Commonplace Book, William Poole21. Milton, the Hartlib Circle, and the Education of the Aristocracy, Timothy Raylor22. Conquest and Slavery in Milton's History of Britain, Martin Dzelzainis23. De Doctrina Christiana: An England That Might Have Been, Gordon Campbell and Thomas N. CornsPart VI: Paradise Lost24. Writing Epic: Paradise Lost, Charles Martindale25. 'A mind of most exceptional energy': Verse Rhythm in Paradise Lost, John Creaser26. Editing Milton: the Case against Modernization, Stephen B. Dobranski27. The 'World' of Paradise Lost, Karen L. Edwards28. Paradise Lost and Heresy, Nigel Smith29. God, Stuart Curran30. Eve, Paradise Lost, and Female Interpretation, Susan Wiseman31. The Politics of Paradise Lost, Martin DzelzainisPart VII: 1671 Poems: Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes32. 'Englands Case': Context of the 1671 Poems, Laura Lunger Knoppers33. Paradise Regained and the Memory of Paradise Lost, John Rogers34. Samson Agonistes and 'Single Rebellion', R. W. Serjeantson35. Samson Agonistes: the Force of Justice and the Violence of Idolatry, Regina M. Schwartz36. Samson Agonistes and Milton's Sensible Ethics, Elizabeth D. HarveyPart VII: Aspects of Influence37. Milton Epic and Bucolic: Empire and Readings of Paradise Lost, 1667-1837, Anne-Julia Zwierlein38. Miltonic Romanticism, Joseph Wittreich
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