English 118

Milton


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2012 Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
TTh 3:30-5 155 Donner Lab

Book List

Milton, John: The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton (ed. Kerrigan, Rumrich, and Fallon)

Description

The most influential and famous (sometimes infamous) literary figure of the seventeenth century, John Milton has been misrepresented too often as a mainstay of a traditional canon, rather than the rebel he was. Or he is assumed to be a remote religious poet rather than an independent thinker, who distrusted any passively held faith that was not self-questioning. Therefore, as we follow Milton’s carefully shaped career from the shorter early poems, through some of the controversial prose of the English Civil War era, and at last through the astounding work that emerged in the wake of political defeat (Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes), we will discover a very different literary and political figure, known in his time as a statesman as well as a poet, and in both pursuits considered more an iconoclast than an icon. We will come to understand Milton’s writing in relation to the revolutions that he witnessed and took part in, and we will also think about his experiments in poetic form, his ambivalent incorporations, revisions, and expansions of classical literature and biblical texts alike, the function of his unorthodox theology, his writings on love, marriage, and divorce, his long preoccupation with vocation – and more.

This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major.

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