English 118

Upper Division Coursework: Milton


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2006 Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
TTh 9:30-11 50 Birge

Other Readings and Media

Milton, J.: Complete Poems and Major Prose (ed. Merritt Y. Hughes). There may also be a small Course Reader.

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, several pamphlets justifying divorce, and a famously vehement argument against government licensing of the press; 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 self-production as a major author.



While the exact proportion of essays to exams will depend in part on class size, students should be aware that attendance and careful, timely preparation of the reading assignments are both absolute requirements.



Note to students: Inexpensive copies of Merritt Hughes's major hardcover edition of Milton's Complete Poems and Major Prose are available on line at Amazon and similar booksellers. Those of you sure that you plan to take the course might order copies of this edition over break, in case there is a shortage at the beginning of the semester at the local bookstores (as has been the case in the past), or if you want to get the cheaper prices. "

Other Recent Sections of This Course

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fall, 2018

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spring, 2018

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spring, 2017

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