English 118

Upper Division Coursework: Milton


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2005 Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
TTh 2-3:30 3 LeConte

Other Readings and Media

Carey, ed.: Complete Shorter Poems; Hughes, ed.: Paradise Lost; Patrides, ed.: Selected Prose; 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 relation to classical myth and Renaissance literature, the place of his unorthodox theology in relation to early forms of moral philosophy or psychology, his writings on love, and his self-production as an 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 musts. "

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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