Milton Studies 54

Milton Studies 54

Ed. by Laura L. Knoppers $70.00

Published in December 2013 | 978-0-8207-0470-8 cloth

Book Information:

Published annually by Duquesne University Press as an important forum for Milton scholarship and criticism, Milton Studies focuses on various aspects of John Milton’s life and writing, including biography; literary history; Milton’s work in its literary, intellectual, political, or cultural contexts; Milton’s influence on or relationship to other writers; and the history of critical response to his work. 

The 11 essays in Milton Studies 54 offer new and groundbreaking perspectives on topics of current scholarly interest.  Contributors examine Milton’s angelic narrators, Adam’s nativity and vitalism, Miltonic authorship, gender, and music in Comus, satanic self-fashioning, Areopagitica and religion in the public sphere, Edenic worship and iconoclasm, the process of theology in De doctrina Christiana, Milton’s reworking of epic hospitality, Limbo and the Lucretian swerve, and early black women writers’ uses of Milton.  


  • N. K. SUGIMURA, The Question of “what Cause?”: Storytelling Angels and Versions of Causation in Paradise Lost
  • TIMOTHY M. HARRISON, Adamic Awakening and the Feeling of Being Alive in Paradise Lost
  • BARBARA K. LEWALSKI, Milton: The Muses, the Prophets, the Spirit, and Prophetic Poetry
  • KATHERINE LARSON, “Blest pair of Sirens . . . Voice and Verse”: Milton’s Rhetoric of Song
  • REBECCA M. RUSH, Satan’s Mural Breaches: Transgression and Self-Violation in Paradise Lost
  • BEN LABRECHE, Areopagitica and the Limits of Pluralism
  • RHEMA HOKAMA, Praying in Paradise: Recasting Milton’s Iconoclasm in Paradise Lost
  • JASON KERR & JOHN K. HALE, The Origins and Development of Milton’s Theology in De doctrina Christiana 1.17/18
  • SWEN VOEKEL, Propitious Guests: Paradise Lost and Epic Hospitality
  • CHRISTOPHER KENDRICK, Satire and Speculation in Milton’s Limbo
  • REGINALD A. WILBURN, Milton’s Early Black Sisterhood

Author Information:

LAURA L. KNOPPERS  is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Widely published on seventeenth century literature, politics, religion, and visual culture, she is most recently the author of Politicizing Domesticity from Henrietta Maria to Milton’s Eve and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution . Her Oxford scholarly edition of Milton’s Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes won the 2008 John Shawcross Award from the Milton Society of America. Knoppers is past chair of the Northeast Milton Seminar and past president of the Milton Society of America.


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