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Milton Unbound
Controversy and Reinterpretation

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032209

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About the Authors
  • John Milton holds a crucial strategic position on the intellectual and ideological map of literary studies. In this provocative and liberating study, John P. Rumrich contends that contemporary critics have contributed to the invention of a monolithic or institutional Milton: censorious preacher, aggressive misogynist, and champion of the emerging bourgeoisie. Rumrich exposes the historical inaccuracies and logical inconsistencies that sustain this orthodoxy, and argues instead for a more complex Milton who was able to accommodate uncertainty and doubt.

    • Audacious, provocative and liberating reading of Milton's work
    • Challenges received view of Milton on gender, cultural and social issues
    • Essential reading for any critic of Milton and his work
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...consistently engaging. His discussions of Chaos, of the distinctions between human beings and angels, and of the `excessiveness' of Eve are important contributions to Milton scholarship....this book is a book that all Milton scholars will want to read." Sewanee Review

    "In demonstrating the limitations of criticism, the author brings to bear close reading and a startling amount of learning....Rumrich has produced a learned and valuable study of the limitiations of critical analysis." Choice

    "This is one of the most interesting books to have been written on Milton for some time. It is intelligent, perceptive, and thought-provoking. John Rumrich's writing is full of splendid insights..." The Sixteenth Century Journal

    "Rumrich's insights on gender and generation, on maternal influence and indeterminacy in Milton's works are astute and illuminating." Laura Lunger Knoppers, Clio

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032209
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.311kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface and acknowledgements
    Abbreviations and note on translations
    1. Introduction: the invented Milton
    2. The question of context
    3. Responses and their vicissitudes
    4. Comus: a fit of the mother
    5. The art of generation
    6. Culture and anarchy

  • Author

    John P. Rumrich, University of Texas, Austin

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