English 118

: Milton


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2007 Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
MW 3-4, plus one hour of discussion section per week 101 Morgan

Other Readings and Media

Milton, J.: Complete Poems and Major Prose (ed. Merritt Y. Hughes). There will probably also be a small Course Reader at a copy shop tba.

Description

" The later poet William Blake imagined Milton �descending . . . clothed in black, severe and silent,� and too often that is the image that has descended upon us as well. This course will offer a very different poet and political figure. As we read Milton�s major poetry (Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes and shorter verse) and selections from his controversial prose, we will study the Milton who witnessed and participated in two revolutions (one political, the other scientific), the radical polemicist who wrote a tract justifying regicide plus several pamphlets justifying divorce and a famously vehement argument against government licensing of the press, and of course the magisterial poet who composed great epic, lyric, and dramatic verse. We will also think about Milton�s ambivalent stances toward classical myth and Renaissance literature, the place of his unorthodox theology in relation to his political and his proto-psychological theory, his writings on love, his prescient �media theory,� and his long preoccupation with vocation.



Course requirements will probably include two essays, a midterm, and final; they will certainly involve vigilant attendance of both lecture and section, combined with careful, timely preparation of the reading assignments. "

Other Recent Sections of This Course

spring, 2020

118/1

Milton

fall, 2018

118/1

Milton

spring, 2018

118/1

Milton

spring, 2017

118/1

Milton


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