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Milton and Heresy

Milton and Heresy

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Stephen B. Dobranski, John P. Rumrich, Janet Mueller, Thomas N. Corns, Barbara K. Lewalski, Stephen M. Fallon, William Kerrigan, John K. Hale, David Loewenstein, Elizabeth Sauer, Joan S. Bennett, Joseph A. Wittreich
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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521100939

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  • It is distinctly paradoxical that John Milton - who opposed infant baptism, supported regicide, defended divorce and approved of polygamy - should be heard as a voice of orthodoxy. Yet modern scholarship has often understated or explained away his heretical opinions. This volume investigates aspects of Milton's works inconsistent with conventional beliefs, whether in terms of seventeenth-century theology or the common assumptions of Milton scholars. Contributors situate Milton and his writings within his specific historical circumstances, paying special attention to Milton's pragmatic position within seventeenth-century religious controversy. The volume's four sections deal with heretical theology, heresy's consequences, heresy and community, and readers of heresy; their common premise is that Milton, as poet, thinker and public servant, eschewed set beliefs and regarded indeterminacy and uncertainty as fundamental to human existence.

    • Original and radical re-readings of Milton, amounting to a major review of his position as poet and political activist in relation to theological and critical orthdoxies
    • List of contributors is a distinguished cast of international Milton experts
    • Range of critical emphases: literary, bibliographical, feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytic, but all within a historical framework
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    Awards

    • Winner of the 1999 Milton Society of America Irene Samuel Memorial Award

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521100939
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Stephen B. Dobranski and John P. Rumrich
    Part I. Heretical Theology:
    1. Milton on heresy Janet Mueller
    2. Milton's antiprelatical tracts and the marginality of doctrine Thomas N. Corns
    3. How radical was the young Milton? Barbara K. Lewalski
    Part II: Heresy and Consequences:
    4. Milton's arianism: why it matters John P. Rumrich
    5. 'Elect about the Rest': theology as self-representation in Milton Stephen M. Fallon
    6. Milton's kisses William Kerrigan
    Part III. Heresy and Community:
    7. Licensing Milton's heresy Stephen B. Dobranski
    8. Milton and the rationale of insulting John K. Hale
    9. Treason against God and state: blasphemy in Milton's culture and Paradise Lost David Loewenstein
    10. The politics of performance in the inner theatre: Samson Agonistes as closet drama Elizabeth Sauer
    Part IV. Readers of Heresy:
    11. Asserting eternal providence: Milton through the window of liberation theology Joan S. Bennett
    12. Milton's transgressive manoeuvres: receptions (then and now) and the sexual politics of Paradise Lost Joseph A. Wittreich.

  • Editors

    Stephen B. Dobranski, Georgia State University

    John P. Rumrich, University of Texas, Austin

    Contributors

    Stephen B. Dobranski, John P. Rumrich, Janet Mueller, Thomas N. Corns, Barbara K. Lewalski, Stephen M. Fallon, William Kerrigan, John K. Hale, David Loewenstein, Elizabeth Sauer, Joan S. Bennett, Joseph A. Wittreich

    Awards

    • Winner of the 1999 Milton Society of America Irene Samuel Memorial Award

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