A Concise Companion to Milton
Concise Companions to Literature and Culture, Band 22 1. Aufl.
With brevity, depth, and accessibility, this book helps readers to appreciate the works of John Milton, and to understand the great influence they have had on literature and other disciplines. Presents new and authoritative essays by internationally respected Milton scholars Explains how and why Milton’s works established their central place in the English literary canon Structured chronologically around Milton’s major works Also includes a select bibliography and a chronology detailing Milton’s life and works alongside relevant world events Ideal as a first critical work on Milton
Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1Angelica Duran Part I Surveys 1 A Reading of His "left hand": Milton's Prose 7Robert Thomas Fallon 2 "Shedding sweet influence": The Legacy of John Milton's Works 25John T. Shawcross 3 "The world all before [us]": More than Three Hundred Years of Criticism 43Roy Flannagan Part II Textual Sites 4 First and Last Fruits of Education: The Companion Poems, Epistola, and Educational Prose Works 61Angelica Duran 5 Milton's Heroic Sonnets 78Annabel Patterson 6 The Lives of Lycidas 95Paul Alpers 7 A Mask: Tradition and Innovation 111Katsuhiro Engetsu 8 The Bible, Religion, and Spirituality in Paradise Lost 128Achsah Guibbory 9 Gender, Sex, and Marriage in Paradise 144Karen L. Edwards 10 The Ecology of Paradise Lost 161Juliet Lucy Cummins 11 The Messianic Vision of Paradise Regained 178David Gay 12 The Nightmare of History: Samson Agonistes 197Louis Schwartz Part III Reference Points Select Chronology: "Speak of things at hand/ Useful" 217Edward Jones Select Bibliography: "Much arguing, much writing, many opinions" 235J. Martin Evans Index 270
"The collection is remarkable for its collegiality. It not only respects the newcomer but allows the various contributors to follow up questions of interest to them, thus providing new insights even for long-time Miltonists." (Milton Quarterly, April 2009) "Above all, among the current crop of books, an essay that makes A Concise Companion to Milton worth buying all on its own, is Karen Edwards on "Gender, Sex and Marriage in Paradise Lost". (Times Literary Supplement, December 2008) "These 14 essays (plus introduction) largely succeed in their aim to 'provide readers with key guides to understanding the great influence and endurance' of the works of John Milton...The sections devoted to surveys and reference points will be especially useful for those struggling to understand Milton in his historical and cultural context." (Choice)
Angelica Duran is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University. A Milton specialist, she is on the editorial board of Milton Quarterly and is currently working on two book-length projects entitled Milton among Spaniards and Milton in Hispanoamerica. Her book on The Age of Milton and The Scientific Revolution is forthcoming in 2007.
A Concise Companion to Milton provides readers with essential guides to appreciating the works of John Milton, and to understanding the great influence they have had on literature. The book consists of twelve short, newly-commissioned chapters written by internationally respected scholars from Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Combining brevity, depth and accessibility, it is an ideal first critical work on Milton. The companion opens with a series of essays explaining how and why Milton’s works established their central place in the English literary canon. The ensuing chapters follow Milton’s major works in chronological order, clarifying complex issues that are particularly relevant to our contemporary society. Also included in the volume are a chronology and select bibliography detailing the events of Milton’s life and works alongside relevant world events.
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