Milton Studies

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-12-28
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
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The nine essays in this volume offer extraordinary coverage of Milton's works, both poems and prose. Topics covered include: Milton's self-identification with his female characters; his ambivalent attitudes toward knowledge and education; a new view of Milton's relationship with Galileo that invokesThe Da Vinci Codeand the Brotherhood of the Illuminati; the invention of the microscope seen in the rhetoric ofParadise Lost;the significance of historical references to the Tartars; floral imagery and the current emphasis on "Green Milton"; sexuality, marriage, and divorce in seventeenth-century England; writings on heresy, intolerance, and tolerance; and religious zeal and radical religion to explain Milton's characterization of the Son inParadise Regained.

Author Biography

Albert C. Labriola is Distinguished University Professor and professor of English at Duquesne University.

Table of Contents

The Lady of Christ's College, Himself a "Lady Wise and Pure": Parabolic Self-Reference in John Milton's Sonnet IXp. 1
"Not a Bow for Every Man to Shoot": Milton's Of Education, between Hartlib and Humanismp. 24
Brotherhood of the Illuminati: Milton, Galileo, and the Poetics of Conspiracyp. 54
"Great things to small may be compared": Rhetorical Microscopy in Paradise Lostp. 96
Nation, Empire, and the Strange Fire of the Tartars in Milton's Poetry and Prosep. 118
"Flowers Worthy of Paradise": Milton and the Language of Flowersp. 145
Spiritual Union and the Problem of Sexualityp. 168
The War Against Heresy in Milton's Englandp. 185
Milton and Enthusiasm: Radical Religion and the Poetics of Paradise Regainedp. 219
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