Scholarly Milton

BookScholarly Milton

Scholarly Milton

Clemson University Press

2019

March 20th, 2019

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Following the editors’ introduction to the collection, the essays in Scholarly Milton examine the nature of Milton’s own formidable scholarship and its implications for his prose and poetry–“scholarly Milton” the writer–as well as subsequent scholars’ historical and theoretical framing of Milton studies as an object of scholarly attention–“scholarly Milton” as at first an emergent and later an established academic discipline. The essays are particularly concerned with the topics of the ethical ends of learning, of Milton’s attention to the trivium within the Renaissance humanist educational system, and the development of scholarly commentary on Milton’s writings. Originally selected from the best essays presented at the 2015 Conference on John Milton in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the essays have been considerably revised and expanded for publication.

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THOMAS FESTA, Professor of English at the State University of New York, New Paltz, is the author of The End of Learning: Milton and Education (Routledge, 2006; pb: 2014) and co-editor, with Kevin J. Donovan, of Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment (Duquesne UP, 2017) and, with Michelle M. Dowd, of Early Modern Women on the Fall (MRTS, 2012), which won an award for Best Teaching Edition from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. He is currently at work on a book about radicalism and poetic form from Milton to the present. KEVIN J. DONOVAN, Professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University, co-directed with Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt the biennial Conference on John Milton from 1991 to 2015. With Thomas Festa he co-edited Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment (Duquesne UP, 2017). He also wrote the Survey of Interpretive Criticism for the New Variorum Shakespeare King Lear, edited by Richard Knowles (forthcoming 2019, MLA) and is associate editor of the volume.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
Acknowledgments7
Introduction9
I Milton and the Ethical Ends of Learning25
1. High Enterprise: Milton and the Genres of Scholarship in the Divorce Tracts27
2. Typology and Milton’s Masterplot49
3. The Devil as Teacher in Paradise Lost69
4. “The First and Wisest of Them All”: Paradise Regained and the Beginning of Thinking91
5. Learning, Love, and the Freedom of the Double Bind115
II Milton and the Trivium131
6. Revisiting Milton’s (Logical) God: Empson 2018133
7. God’s Grammar: Milton's Parsing of the Divine153
8. Raphael’s Peroratio in Paradise Lost: Balancing Rhetorical Passion in Virgil and Paul171
III Milton and Scholarly Commentary191
9. Euphrasy, Rue, Polysemy, and Repairing the Ruins193
10. Paradise Finding Aids217
11. Political Diplomacy, Personal Conviction, and the Fraught Nature of Milton’s Letters of State237
Notes249
Contributors295
Index299