Search results for: miltons-burden-of-interpretation

Milton s Burden of Interpretation

Author : Dayton Haskin
File Size : 53.69 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 455
Read : 1096
Download »

How Milton Works

Author : Stanley Eugene Fish
File Size : 60.27 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 355
Read : 188
Download »
Stanley Fish's Surprised by Sin, first published in 1967, set a new standard for Milton criticism and established its author as one of the world's preeminent Milton scholars. The lifelong engagement begun in that work culminates in this book, the magnum opus of a formidable critic and the definitive statement on Milton for our time. How Milton works "from the inside out" is the foremost concern of Fish's book, which explores the radical effect of Milton's theological convictions on his poetry and prose. For Milton the value of a poem or of any other production derives from the inner worth of its author and not from any external measure of excellence or heroism. Milton's aesthetic, says Fish, is an "aesthetic of testimony": every action, whether verbal or physical, is or should be the action of holding fast to a single saving commitment against the allure of plot, narrative, representation, signs, drama--anything that might be construed as an illegitimate supplement to divine truth. Much of the energy of Milton's writing, according to Fish, comes from the effort to maintain his faith against these temptations, temptations which in any other aesthetic would be seen as the very essence of poetic value. Encountering the great poet on his own terms, engaging his equally distinguished admirers and detractors, this book moves a 300-year debate about the significance of Milton's verse to a new level.

Milton and the Burden of Freedom

Author : Warren Chernaik
File Size : 86.92 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 102
Read : 526
Download »
This book examines the unresolved tensions in Milton's writings, as he grapples with the paradox of freedom in a universe ruled by an all-powerful God.

Milton and the Jews

Author : Douglas A. Brooks
File Size : 50.39 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 801
Read : 1333
Download »
The issue of the Jews deeply engaged Milton throughout his career, and not necessarily in ways that make for comfortable or reassuring reading today. While Shakespeare and Marlowe, for example, critiqued rather than endorsed racial and religious prejudice in their writings about Jews, the same cannot be said for Milton. The scholars in this collection confront a writer who participated in the sad history of anti-Semitism, even as he appropriated Jewish models throughout his writings. Well grounded in solid historical and theological research, the essays both collectively and individually offer an important contribution to the debate on Milton and Judaism. This book will be of interest not only to scholars of Milton and of seventeenth-century literature, but also to historians of the religion and culture of the period.

Milton Paradise Lost

Author : David Loewenstein
File Size : 49.35 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 684
Read : 955
Download »
An introduction to the great English epic examines Milton's poem in its historical, theological, and literary context.

Wayward Contracts

Author : Victoria Kahn
File Size : 64.74 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 260
Read : 821
Download »
Why did the language of contract become the dominant metaphor for the relationship between subject and sovereign in mid-seventeenth-century England? In Wayward Contracts, Victoria Kahn takes issue with the usual explanation for the emergence of contract theory in terms of the origins of liberalism, with its notions of autonomy, liberty, and equality before the law. Drawing on literature as well as political theory, state trials as well as religious debates, Kahn argues that the sudden prominence of contract theory was part of the linguistic turn of early modern culture, when government was imagined in terms of the poetic power to bring new artifacts into existence. But this new power also brought in its wake a tremendous anxiety about the contingency of obligation and the instability of the passions that induce individuals to consent to a sovereign power. In this wide-ranging analysis of the cultural significance of contract theory, the lover and the slave, the tyrant and the regicide, the fool and the liar emerge as some of the central, if wayward, protagonists of the new theory of political obligation. The result is must reading for students and scholars of early modern literature and early modern political theory, as well as historians of political thought and of liberalism.

Milton s Peculiar Grace

Author : Stephen M. Fallon
File Size : 66.45 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 489
Read : 1015
Download »
Despite writing about himself extensively and repeatedly, John Milton, the archetypal Puritan author, resolutely avoids the obligatory Augustinian narrative of sinfulness, conviction of sin, reception of the Word, regeneration of the spirit, and sanctification. The doctrine of fall, grace, and regeneration, so well illustrated in Paradise Lost, has no discernible effect on Milton's overt self-representations. Exploring this anomaly in his new book, Stephen M. Fallon contends that Milton, despite his deep engagement with theology, is not a religious writer. Why, Fallon asks, does Milton write about himself so compulsively? Why does he substitute, for the otherwise universal theological script, a story of precocious and continued virtue, even, it seems, a narrative of sinlessness? What pressures does this decision to reject the standard narrative exert on his work? In Milton's Peculiar Grace, Fallon argues that Milton writes about himself to gain immortality, secure authority for his arguments, and exert control over his readers' interpretations. He traces the return of the repressed narrative of fallenness in the author's unacknowledged and displaced self-representations, which in turn account for much of the power of the late poems. Fallon's book, based on close readings of Milton's "self-constructions" in prose and poetry throughout his career, provides a new view of Milton's life and his importance for contemporary literary theory-in particular for continued questions about authorial intention.

John Milton Radical Politics and Biblical Republicanism

Author : Walter S. H. Lim
File Size : 24.85 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 845
Read : 362
Download »
In analyzing how Milton reads and appropriates different biblical texts to give shape to his republican vision, this book also assesses his significance to the development of early modern English political thought, his conception of the English nation, and finally, his response to pressures exerted by a secular modernity grounded on international commercial activities."--Jacket.

Milton among the Puritans

Author : Catherine Gimelli Martin
File Size : 42.18 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 766
Read : 237
Download »
Solidly grounded in Milton's prose works and the long history of Milton scholarship, Milton among the Puritans: The Case for Historical Revisionism challenges many received ideas about Milton's brand of Christianity, philosophy, and poetry. It does so chiefly by retracing his history as a great "Puritan poet" and reexamining the surprisingly tenuous Whig paradigm upon which this history has been built. Catherine Martin not only questions the current habit of "lumping" Milton with the religious Puritans but agrees with a long line of literary scholars who find his values and lifestyle markedly inconsistent with their beliefs and practices. Pursuing this argument, Martin carefully reexamines the whole spectrum of seventeenth-century English Puritanism from the standpoint of the most recent and respected scholarship on the subject. Martin also explores other, more secular sources of Milton's thought, including his Baconianism, his Christian Stoic ethics, and his classical republicanism; she establishes the importance of these influences through numerous direct references, silent but clear citations, and typical tropes. All in all, Milton among the Puritans presents a radical reassessment of Milton's religious identity; it shows that many received ideas about the "Puritan Milton" are neither as long-established as most scholars believe nor as historically defensible as most literary critics still assume, and resituates Milton's great poems in the period when they were written, the Restoration.

Milton Toleration

Author : Sharon Achinstein
File Size : 76.83 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 563
Read : 1229
Download »
Fifteen leading Milton scholars examine the idea of toleration in Milton's poetry and prose. Looking at how Milton himself imagined tolerance and locating his works in their literary, historical, and philosophical context, the essays address central issues including violence, heresy, church polity, liberalism, libertinism, natural law, equity, imperialism, republicanism, and Milton and his Muslim readers.

John Milton s Paradise Lost A Reading Guide

Author : Noam Reisner
File Size : 38.74 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 998
Read : 746
Download »
Noam Reisner leads readers through the complexities of Milton's celebrated and challenging narrative poem as well as introducing them to the key critical views. The guide combines an introduction to the poem's main thematic and stylistic concerns together with discussion of important selected passages (substantial extracts from the text are included) and provides readers with a basic set of critical tools with which to interpret the text.

Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid

Author : Maggie Kilgour
File Size : 81.87 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 385
Read : 1098
Download »
Contributing to our understanding of Ovid, Milton, and more broadly the transmission and transformation of classical traditions, this book examines the ways in which Milton drew on Ovid's oeuvre, and argues that Ovid's revision of the past gave Renaissance writers a model for their own transformation of classical works.

Milton s Words

Author : Annabel Patterson
File Size : 30.3 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 504
Read : 1082
Download »
Showing how Milton used words in the extraordinary ways he did, this book provides an account of Milton's writing life, before discussing 'keywords' - the keys to a text or a theory.

The Augustinian Epic Petrarch to Milton

Author : J. Christopher Warner
File Size : 73.91 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 955
Read : 1200
Download »
New interpretations of Petrarch and Milton in an ambitious and revisionist history of epic tradition

Milton s Paradise Lost

Author : M. Thickstun
File Size : 26.18 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 261
Read : 282
Download »
This book reads Milton's Paradise Lost as a poem that seeks to educate its readers by narrating the education of its main characters.

The New Milton Criticism

Author : Peter C. Herman
File Size : 54.69 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 744
Read : 531
Download »
A collection of new essays demonstrating a wholly new approach to the complexities of Milton's work.

A New Companion to Milton

Author : Thomas N. Corns
File Size : 33.59 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 106
Read : 582
Download »
A New Companion to Milton builds on the critically-acclaimed original, bringing alive the diverse and controversial world of contemporary Milton studies while reflecting the very latest advances in research in the field. Comprises 36 powerful readings of Milton's texts and the contexts in which they were created, each written by a leading scholar Retains 28 of the award-winning essays from the first edition, revised and updated to reflect the most recent research Contains a new section exploring Milton's global impact, in China, India, Japan, Korea, in Spanish speaking American and the Arab-speaking world Includes eight completely new full-length essays, each of which engages closely with Milton's poetic oeuvre, and a new chronology which sets Milton's life and work in the context of his age Explores literary production and cultural ideologies, issues of politics, gender and religion, individual Milton texts, and responses to Milton over time

John Milton Complete Shorter Poems

Author : John Milton
File Size : 22.80 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 803
Read : 1093
Download »
An important and innovative edition of Milton′s shorter verse & the first volume to present the poems with the original spelling and pronunciations intact, offering readers the opportunity to experience the vitality of the poems as they were experienced by Milton′s contemporaries: Includes Milton′s original Latin poems, with a new English translation on facing pages for cross–comparison Serves as a companion to Lewalski′s Paradise Lost and Loewenstein′s prose selections of Milton Features both collected and uncollected poetry in English, Latin, and Greek, the latter two with translations Retains original spelling and punctuation of Milton′s 1645 Poems and his 1671 Paradise Regained and Sampson Agonistes Offers readers comprehensive footnotes, marginal glosses, chronology, bibliography, and longer discussions in introductions to sections

Milton Now

Author : C. Gray
File Size : 64.26 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 779
Read : 1039
Download »
By bringing together Milton specialists with other innovative early modern scholars, the collection aims to embrace and encourage a methodologically adventurous study of Milton's works, analyzing them both in relation to their own moment and their many ensuing contexts.

Milton and the Spiritual Reader

Author : David Ainsworth
File Size : 68.96 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 208
Read : 672
Download »
Milton and the Spiritual Reader considers how John Milton’s later works demonstrate the intensive struggle of spiritual reading. Milton presents his own rigorous process of reading in order to instruct his readers how to advance their spiritual knowledge. Recent studies of Milton’s readers neglect this spiritual dimension and focus on politics. Since Milton considers the individual soul at least as important as the body politic, Ainsworth focuses on uncovering the spiritual characteristics of the reader Milton tries to shape through his texts. He also examines Milton’s reading practices without postulating the existence of some ideal or universal reader, and without assuming a gullible or easily manipulated reader. Milton does not simply hope for a fit audience, but writes to nurture fit readers. His works offer models of strenuous and suspicious close reading, subjecting all authors except God to the utmost of scrutiny. Milton presents Biblical interpretation as an interior struggle, a contention not between reader and text, but within that reader’s individual understanding of scripture. Ainsworth’s study rethinks the basic relationship between reading and religion in seventeenth-century England, and concludes that for Milton and his contemporaries, distinguishing divine truths in worldly texts required a spiritually guided form of close reading.