Milton Studies, Volume 57Ed. by Laura L. Knoppers $70.00
December 2016 | cloth | ISBN 978-0-8207-0701-3
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.
Milton Studies 57 presents 11 fresh and arresting essays on the timely issues of reading and misreading, language and sound, and intellectual and literary history. Contributors offer new perspectives on Robert Graves’s notorious Wife to Mr. Milton; on Milton’s uses of Jewish phylacteries to show anxiety about Protestant bibliophilia; on the radical poetics of the exaltation of the Son in Paradise Lost; on Milton’s revisions of Aristotelian temporality; on the impact of seventeenth century medicine on Milton’s animist materialist Creation; on the role of solitude and difference within Miltonic marriage; on Milton’s passionate and lifelong delight in Greek; on Miltonic staging of the pervasiveness of linguistic purism; on the production and material basis of satanic acoustics in Paradise Lost; on how the anxiety of belatedness informs Dryden’s State of Innocence; and on Isaac Asimov’s mid-twentieth-century Foundation series in conversation with Paradise Lost.
Volume 57 includes 11 new essays by Paul Stevens, Raphael Magarik, Andrew S. Brown, Ayelet Langer, Charlotte Nicholls, Christopher Koester, John K. Hale, Alexandra Reider, Katherine Cox, Diana Treviño Benet, and Ryan Hackenbracht.
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 Eveand 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.