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Spokesperson Milton : voices in contemporary criticism

Author: Charles W Durham; Kristin Pruitt McColgan
Publisher: Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The twenty essays in this book explore John Milton's role as a spokesperson for a variety of cultural, theological, political, and artistic concerns. In the opening essay, John T. Shawcross sets the tone for the volume in identifying Milton as spokesperson, first according to eighteenth-century standards, then in light of modern attention to issues of politics, feminism, and hierarchy. He concludes that Milton's
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Spokesperson Milton.
Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1994
(OCoLC)622343970
Named Person: John Milton; John Milton; John Milton; John Milton; John Milton
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles W Durham; Kristin Pruitt McColgan
ISBN: 0945636652 9780945636656
OCLC Number: 29519392
Description: xv, 284 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Spokesperson Milton / J.T. Shawcross --
The fruitless tree in Paradise Lost: symbol of sin / A.M. Mathews --
No fortunate fall, no "Unfeared second fate" Satan and the critique of meliorism, Paradise Lost, book 2 / C.G. Martin --
"By faith to stand": faith in the theodicy of Paradise lost / J.S. Tanner --
Dodging the dragon's tail: apocalyptic combat in Paradise regained / S. Smith --
Jubilee in scripture and history: reading Milton's "At a solemn music" / S.M. Buhler --
Milton's royalist reflex: the failure of argument and the role of dialogics in Eikonoklastes / J. Hiles --
The cardinal and the king: Milton's state letters to France / R.T. Fallon --
"Under thir head embodied all in one": Milton's reinterpretation of the organic analogy in Paradise lost / S. Jablonski --
A fissure in the Milton window?: Arnold's 1888 address / D. Boocker --
Meddling with authority: inspiration and speech acts in Milton's prose / A. Esterhammer --
The creative self and the self created in Paradise lost / A.W. Fields --
Conflicts of authority : interpretation of events in Paradise regained and Samson agonistes / D.T. Lochman --
Authorial providence and the dramatic form of Samson agonistes / J. Collins --
Comus: Milton's re-formation of the masque / J.A. Hubbell --
Milton's vergilian epigraphs of 1637 and 1645 / N.J. Woodall --
"Nature taught art": the topos of art and nature in Paradise regained / P.M. McCluskey --
Beneficent hierarchies: reading Milton greenly / D. McColley --
"Grateful digressions" and "Casual discourse: Eve's rapport-talk / J.F. Gilliland --
Discourse and danger: women's heroism in the Bible and Dalila's self-defense / H. Parisi.
Responsibility: edited by Charles W. Durham and Kristin Pruitt McColgan.

Abstract:

The twenty essays in this book explore John Milton's role as a spokesperson for a variety of cultural, theological, political, and artistic concerns. In the opening essay, John T. Shawcross sets the tone for the volume in identifying Milton as spokesperson, first according to eighteenth-century standards, then in light of modern attention to issues of politics, feminism, and hierarchy. He concludes that Milton's voice has often been used in support of opposing causes both in the eighteenth century and in ours. The essays that follow confirm that, in its range and scope, Milton's powerful voice was not one but many.

In part II the authors address and interpret religious themes in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. The essays in part III suggest the extent to which politics inform Milton's poetry and contribute to the shaping of his prose, and they consider the effect of those political views on Milton's contemporaries and on later generations of readers. Part IV investigates ways in which Milton establishes his own authority within texts and encourages readers to choose between conflicting models of authority. Milton's adaptation of traditional literary motifs and forms is addressed in part V, and part VI explores issues of gender and hierarchy in light of Milton's portrayals of the relationships between Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost and Samson and Dalila in Samson Agonistes.

Although the scholars represented in this collection apply different theoretical approaches to their examinations of Milton's poetry and prose, they all challenge earlier critical assumptions and are evidence of the energizing dialogue that occurs when readers converse with each other and engage in dialogue with the many voices of a spokesperson such as John Milton.

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