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Politics, Poetics, and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose

Politics, Poetics, and Hermeneutics in Milton's Prose

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Cambridge University Press, 4/26/1990
EAN 9780521344586, ISBN10: 0521344581

Hardcover, 300 pages, 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.8 cm
Language: English

In this book some of the most eminent critics of seventeenth-century literature and some of the liveliest younger scholars explore the interconnections between Milton's politics, poetics and prose writings. While the essays focus on Milton's prose, they open up interesting perspectives on his major poems and on seventeenth-century ideologies, theologies and interpretative practices. Their aim is to bridge the gap between a history-of-ideas approach and literary/textual analysis, showing how key ideas - such as authority, divorce, martyrdom or iconoclasm - stimulate and trouble the imagination of a great writer. These essays challenge the notion of Milton's prose as an 'achievement of the left hand', and propose a complex relation between text and context, the aesthetic and the sociopolitical, issues of representation and the politics of gender.

List of illustrations
List of contributors
A note on citations and abbreviations
Introduction
'labouring the word' David Loewenstein and James Grantham Turner
1. Embodying glory
the apocalyptic strain in Milton's Of Reformation Janel Mueller
2. Wanting a supplement
the question of interpretation in Milton's early prose Stanley Fish
3. The metaphysics of Milton's divorce tracts Stephen M. Fallon
4. No meer amatorious novel? Annabel Patterson
5. Areopagitica
voicing contexts, 1643–5 Nigel Smith
6. Milton's Observations upon the Articles of Peace
Ireland under English eyes Thomas N. Corns
7. Milton's iconoclastic truth Lana Cable
8. 'Suffering for Truths sake'
Milton and martyrdom John R. Knott Jr
9. Milton and the poetics of defense David Loewenstein
10. Elective poetics and Milton's prose
A Treatise of Civil Power and Considerations Touching the Likeliest Means to Remove Hirelings Out of the Church Susanne Woods
11. Milton's The Readie and Easie Way and the English jeremiad Laura Lunger Knoppers
12. Citation, authority, and De Doctrina Christiana Regina M. Schwartz
13. The History of Britain and its Restoration audience Gary D. Hamilton
14. The poetics of engagement James Grantham Turner
Index.