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The Cambridge Companion to Paradise Lost

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Stephen M. Fallon, Neil Forsyth, John Rumrich, Victoria Silver, Maggie Kilgour, Jeffrey Shoulson, John Creaser, Paul Stevens, Karen L. Edwards, William Shullenberger, Joad Raymond, Shannon Miller, W. Gardner Campbell, Mary C. Fenton, William Kolbrener
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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107664401

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  • This Companion presents fifteen short, accessible essays exploring the most important topics and themes in John Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost. The essays invite readers to begin their own independent exploration of the poem by equipping them with useful background knowledge, introducing them to key passages, and acquainting them with the current state of critical debates. Chapters are arranged to mirror the way the poem itself unfolds, offering exactly what readers need as they approach each movement of its grand design. Essays in Part I introduce the characters who frame the poem's story and set its plot and theological dynamics in motion. Part II deals with contextual issues raised by the early books, while Part III examines the epic's central and final episodes. The volume concludes with a meditation on the history of the poem's reception and a detailed guide to further reading, offering students and teachers of Milton fresh critical insights and resources for continuing scholarship.

    • Presents short, accessible essays on the topics most important to understanding Paradise Lost
    • Essays are written by fifteen recognized Milton specialists
    • Includes a detailed guide to further reading, offering students and teachers of Milton fresh critical insights and resources
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107664401
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Milton as narrator in Paradise Lost Stephen M. Fallon
    2. Satan Neil Forsyth
    3. Things of darkness: sin, death, chaos John Rumrich
    4. The problem of God Victoria Silver
    Part II:
    5. Classical models Maggie Kilgour
    6. Milton's Bible Jeffrey Shoulson
    7. The line in Paradise Lost John Creaser
    8. The pre-secular politics of Paradise Lost Paul Stevens
    9. Cosmology Karen L. Edwards
    Part III:
    10. Imagining Eden William Shullenberger
    11. Milton's angels Joad Raymond
    12. Gender Shannon Miller
    13. Temptation W. Gardner Campbell
    14. Regeneration in Books 11 and 12 Mary C. Fenton
    Part IV:
    15. Reception William Kolbrener.

  • Editor

    Louis Schwartz, University of Richmond
    Louis Schwartz is Professor of English at the University of Richmond, Virginia. His essays and book reviews on Milton and early modern English literature and culture have been published in journals such as Milton Quarterly, Milton Studies, Reformation, The Comparatist, and The Lancet. His book, Milton and Maternal Morality (Cambridge, 2009), is the winner of the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for 2010.

    Contributors

    Stephen M. Fallon, Neil Forsyth, John Rumrich, Victoria Silver, Maggie Kilgour, Jeffrey Shoulson, John Creaser, Paul Stevens, Karen L. Edwards, William Shullenberger, Joad Raymond, Shannon Miller, W. Gardner Campbell, Mary C. Fenton, William Kolbrener

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