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Milton and the Ends of Time

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Juliet Cummins, Barbara K. Lewalski, Sarah Hutton, Stella P. Revard, Malabika Sarkar, William B. Hunter, John T. Shawcross, Beverley Sherry, Catherine Gimelli Martin, Claude N. Stulting, Jr, Ken Simpson, Karen Edwards, David Loewenstein
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521180047

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  • A team of leading international scholars addresses Milton's treatment of millennial and apocalyptic ideas, topics of major importance in the religious and philosophical thought of his day. With wide-ranging ramifications for the interpretation of Milton's poetry and prose, his speculations on the ends of time played a vital part in shaping the Miltonic quest and vision. This collection provides a broad range of approaches to studying Milton, including the visual arts, politics and theology, and science.

    • Examines the fundamental topic of Milton's conception of time
    • Offers perspectives on Milton's writing and his political and religious thought
    • Written by an international team of specialists
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    "This is a fascinating, carefully argued book, taking Milton's 'monism' in a different direction, and it will need to be engaged by those who write on or teach Milton." Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

    "The high quality and diverse disciplines represented in the volume will appeal to scholars in many fields as well as stimlating new readings by Miltonists. The work adds a necessary contribution to the complex field of seveteenth-century eschatology." Renaissance Quarterly, Margaret J. Arnold

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521180047
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Introduction: 'Those thoughts that wander through eternity' Juliet Cummins
    Part I. Millennium:
    1. Milton and the Millennium Barbara K. Lewalski
    2. Mede, Milton and More: Christ's College Millenarians Sarah Hutton
    3. Milton and Millenarianism: from the Nativity Ode to Paradise Regained Stella P. Revard
    4. Astronomical signs in Paradise Lost: Milton, Ophiucus and the Millennial debate Malabika Sarkar
    5. The Millennial moment: Milton vs 'Milton' William B. Hunter
    6. Confusion: the apocalypse, the millennium John T. Shawcross
    Part II. Apocalypse:
    7. John Martin's apocalyptic illustrations to Paradise Lost Beverley Sherry
    8. The enclosed garden and the apocalypse: immanent versus transcendent time in Milton and Marvell Catherine Gimelli Martin
    9. Matter and apocalyptic transformations in Paradise Lost Juliet Cummins
    10. 'New heavens, new earth': apocalypse and the loss of sacramentality in the Postlapsarian books of Paradise Lost Claude N. Stulting, Jr
    11. The apocalypse in Paradise Regained Ken Simpson
    12. Inspiration and melancholy in Samson Agonistes Karen Edwards
    Afterword: 'The Time is Come' David Loewenstein.

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    Juliet Cummins, University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury


    Juliet Cummins, Barbara K. Lewalski, Sarah Hutton, Stella P. Revard, Malabika Sarkar, William B. Hunter, John T. Shawcross, Beverley Sherry, Catherine Gimelli Martin, Claude N. Stulting, Jr, Ken Simpson, Karen Edwards, David Loewenstein

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