Spokesperson Milton: Voices in Contemporary Criticism
Charles W. Durham, Kristin Pruitt McColgan
Susquehanna University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
The twenty essays in this book explore John Milton's role as a spokesperson for a variety of cultural, theological, political, and artistic concerns.
In the opening essay, John T. Shawcross sets the tone for the volume in identifying Milton as spokesperson, first according to eighteenth-century standards, then in light of modern attention to issues of politics, feminism, and hierarchy. He concludes that Milton's voice has often been used in support of opposing causes both in the eighteenth century and in ours. The essays that follow confirm that, in its range and scope, Milton's powerful voice was not one but many.
In part II the authors address and interpret religious themes in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained. The essays in part III suggest the extent to which politics inform Milton's poetry and contribute to the shaping of his prose, and they consider the effect of those political views on Milton's contemporaries and on later generations of readers. Part IV investigates ways in which Milton establishes his own authority within texts and encourages readers to choose between conflicting models of authority.
Milton's adaptation of traditional literary motifs and forms is addressed in part V, and part VI explores issues of gender and hierarchy in light of Milton's portrayals of the relationships between Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost and Samson and Dalila in Samson Agonistes.
Although the scholars represented in this collection apply different theoretical approaches to their examinations of Milton's poetry and prose, they all challenge earlier critical assumptions and are evidence of the energizing dialogue that occurs when readers converse with each other and engage in dialogue with the many voices of a spokesperson such as John Milton.
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Spokesperson for Theological and Spiritual Concerns
Symbol of Sin
Satan and the Critique of Meliorism Paradise Lost Book 2
Faith in the Theodicy of Paradise Lost
Apocalyptic Combat in Paradise Regained
Spokesperson for Political Views
Reading Miltons At a Solemn Music
The Creative Self and the Self Created in Paradise Lost
Interpretation of Events in Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes
Authorial Providence and the Dramatic Form of Samson Agonistes
Spokesperson for Tradition and Change
Miltons ReFormation of the Masque
Miltons Vergilian Epigraphs of 1637 and 1645
The Topos of Art and Nature in Paradise Regained
Spokesperson for Women
The Failure of Argument and the Role of Dialogics in Eikonoklastes
Miltons State Letters to France
Miltons Reinterpretation of the Organic Analogy in Paradise Lost
Arnolds 1888 Address
Spokesperson for Authority of Author and of Text
Inspiration and Speech Acts in Miltons Prose
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