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Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporaries
Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism

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  • Date Published: February 2007
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521032988

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  • David Loewenstein's Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporaries is a wide-ranging exploration of the interactions of literature, polemics and religious politics in the English Revolution. Loewenstein highlights the powerful spiritual beliefs and religious ideologies in the polemical struggles of Milton, Marvell and their radical Puritan contemporaries during these revolutionary decades. By examining a wide range of canonical and non-canonical writers - John Lilburne, Winstanley the Digger and Milton, amongst others - he reveals how radical Puritans struggled with the contradictions and ambiguities of the English Revolution and its political regimes. His portrait of a faction-riven, violent seventeenth-century revolutionary culture is an original and significant contribution to our understanding of these turbulent decades and their aftermath. By placing Milton's great poems in the context of the period's radical religious politics, it should be of interest to historians as well as literary scholars.

    • Covers a wide range of well-known and lesser-known writers
    • This is an interesting study of the intersection of politics, religion and literature
    • May be of additional interest to historians
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… substantial and authoritative … Loewenstein is a steady and lucid guide through the morass of revolutionary writings … His work on Milton is … original and exciting. There is a subtle and brilliant reading of Paradise Lost.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'This book immediately assumes a place at the top of the requisite bibliography for students of seventeenth-century England, historians and literary scholars alike … deeply historically informed and informative, and Loewenstein skilfully weaves together text and event. The book is a scholarly masterwork and is sure to become prominent in the canon of Milton criticism.' Prose Studies

    'Loewenstein has given us a marvellously detailed, critically acute, intellectually sympathetic account of the literary production of radical Puritanism in general, and a compelling reorientation of our reading of Milton in particular.' Modern Language Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521032988
    • length: 428 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.639kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on abbreviations and citations
    Introduction
    Part I. Radical Puritanism and Polemical Responses:
    1. Lilburne, Leveller polemic and the ambiguities of the Revolution
    2. Gerrard Winstanley and the crisis of the Revolution
    3. Ranter and Fifth Monarchist prophecies: the revolutionary visions of Abiezer Coppe and Anna Trapnel
    4. The War of the Lamb: the revolutionary discourse of George Fox and early Quakerism
    5. Marvell, the saints and the Protectorate
    Part II. Milton: Radical Puritan Politics, Polemics and Poetry:
    6. Milton, Antichristian revolts and the English Revolution
    7. Radical Puritan politics and Satan's revolution in Paradise Lost
    8. The kingdom within: radical religion and politics in Paradise Regained
    9. The saint's revenge: radical religion and politics in Samson Agonistes
    Afterword - two-handed engine: politics and spiritual warfare in the 1671 poems
    Notes
    Index.

  • Author

    David Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    David Loewenstien is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Milton and the Drama of History: Historical Vision, Iconoclasm, and the Literary Imagination (Cambridge, 1990), which won the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished book. He is co-editor of Politics, Poetics, and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose (Cambridge, 1990) and of the forthcoming Cambridge History of Early Modern Literature.

    Awards

    • Winner of the Milton Society of America's James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Book

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