ENGLISH 469 - Milton
Winter 2018, Section 001
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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In this course, we will study the work of a poet whom many consider to be the most compelling, and the most maddening, in the language. His subjects were large: the loss of paradise, the origins of sin, the interdependence of free will and obedience, longing and intellect, sex and the state. His technical mastery—his sheer prosodic command—is unsurpassed. His career confounds our latterday theories of separate realms: Milton was at once an ivory tower intellectual and an practical servant to the Commonwealth, a poet of empire and an anti-imperialist. His prose tracts make the case for regicide and revolution, for radical reform in religion, governance, and relations between the sexes, but he was also a consummate spokesman for unreconstructed patriarchy. Reading broadly in the major poems (especially Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes) and selected prose, we will try to understand how this poet and his era—the complex social, political, and religious unfolding of the English Reformation—transformed the written word.

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Student contributions will include regular class participation, contributions to an online discussion site, and two essays.


ENGLISH 469 - Milton
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18

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