ENGLISH 469 - Milton
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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This class satisfies the Pre-1830 requirement for English concentrators. .
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will focus on the poetry and prose of John Milton, one of the most influential thinkers of the seventeenth-century. From his early childhood, Milton acquired the ambition to become a famous writer. Throughout his training in classical humanism, Milton pushed himself to excel in different genres needed to shape his talents and challenge his imagination. In many ways, Milton was England’s first public intellectual: cosmopolitan in his reading, skilled in rhetorical debate, immersed in the London print culture, and always at the center of the greatest political and ecclesiastical debates of the day, from the right to divorce, divine right of kings, the necessity of a free press, and the ever-growing divide between Reformist and high church religious practices. This class will focus on the cultural context of his important works, asking questions that many have asked about Milton’s most compelling literary masterpieces:

  • how did humanism (training in ancient Latin and Greek) shape Milton’s imagination?
  • How was Milton able to push himself into the forefront of the national stage through his writing?
  • How do we reconcile Milton’s religious ideals with his humanist training?
  • How do we see his work responding to the philosophical figures of the period, like Descartes , Locke, Hobbes?
  • And finally, how do we respond to Milton’s aesthetic; that is, how can we appreciate his style of thought and mode of address in an age that no longer appreciates humanist poetic gestures?

We will read his major works, including Comus, Lycidas, Paradise Lost, and Samson Agonistes, as well as some selections from his political treatises, including Areopagitica, Iconoclastes.

ENGLISH 469 - Milton
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201 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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ISBN: 0872206785
Complete poems and major prose, Author: John Milton ; edited, with notes and introduction, by Merritt Y. Hughes., Publisher: Hackett Pub. 2003
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