Milton Studies 55Ed. by Laura L. Knoppers $70.00
December 2014 | cloth | ISBN: 978-0-8207-0480-7
Winner of the 2014 James Holly Hanford Essay Award for
Leah Whittington's essay "Milton's Poetics of Supplication"
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.
Volume 55 features eight new groundbreaking essays on Milton’s poetry and poetics in the context of seventeenth century medicine, science, politics, judicial practice, and religious debate. Contributors examine chastity in A Maske alongside Egerton family medical records; Milton’s Adam and Eve and natural theology; the fall of georgic in Milton’s Eden; Paradise Lost and the classical trope of supplication; William Jackson’s eighteenth century musical adaptation of Lycidas; the impact of contemporary pardoning protocols on Paradise Lost; English foreign policy, In Quintum Novembris, and Milton’s developing poetics; and Milton’s sympathies with Erastianism in the sonnet “On the New Forcers of Conscience.”
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.