A New Companion to Milton builds on the critically-acclaimed original, bringing alive the diverse and controversial world of contemporary Milton studies while reflecting the very latest advances in research in the field.
Comprises 36 powerful readings of Milton's texts and the contexts in which they were created, each written by a leading scholarRetains 28 of the award-winning essays from the first edition, revised and updated to reflect the most recent researchContains a new section exploring Milton's global impact, in China, India, Japan, Korea, in Spanish speaking American and the Arab-speaking worldIncludes eight completely new full-length essays, each of which engages closely with Milton's poetic oeuvre, and a new chronology which sets Milton's life and work in the context of his ageExplores literary production and cultural ideologies, issues of politics, gender and religion, individual Milton texts, and responses to Milton over time
Thomas N. Corns is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Bangor University. Together with Gordon Campbell, he is the General Editor of The Complete Works of John Milton. His recent publications include John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought (with Gordon Campbell, 2008), an edition of the complete works of Gerrard Winstanley (with Ann Hughes and David Loewenstein, 2009), and The Milton Encyclopedia (2012). He is currently working with David Loewenstein on a scholarly edition of Paradise Lost. Professor Corns is a Fellow of the British Academy and an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.
Notes on Contributors ix Preface xvii Note on Editions Used xviii List of Abbreviations xix Part I The Cultural Context 1 1 Genre 3Barbara K. Lewalski 2 The Classical Literary Tradition 22John K. Hale 3 Milton on the Bible 37Regina M. Schwartz 4 Literary Baroque and Literary Neoclassicism 55Graham Parry 5 Milton and English Poetry 71Achsah Guibbory 6 Milton's English 90Thomas N. Corns Part II Politics and Religion 107 7 The Legacy of the Late Jacobean Period 109Cedric C. Brown 8 Milton and Puritanism 124N. H. Keeble 9 Radical Heterodoxy and Heresy 141John Rumrich 10 Milton and Ecology 157Diane Kelsey McColley 11 The English and Other Peoples 174Andrew Hadfield 12 The Literature of Controversy 191Joad Raymond Part III Texts 211 13 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity,' 'Upon the Circumcision,' and 'The Passion' 213Thomas N. Corns 14 The Poetic Promise of 'On the Morning of Christ's Nativity' 230Noam Reisner 15 John Milton's Comus 241Leah S. Marcus 16 'Lycidas' 255Stella P. Revard 17 Milton's Sonnets 270Ryan Netzley 18 Exact Latinity and Excellent English: Milton's Early Poetry 282Sarah Knight 19 Early Political Prose 291Elizabeth Skerpan-Wheeler 20 Milton, Marriage, and Divorce 308Annabel Patterson 21 Republicanism 323Martin Dzelzainis 22 Late Political Prose 338Laura Lunger Knoppers 23 Milton in Intellectual History 356Stephen M. Fallon 24 The Radical Religious Politics of Paradise Lost 376David Loewenstein 25 Obedience and Autonomy in Paradise Lost 391Michael Schoenfeldt 26 Paradise Lost and the Multiplicity of Time 408Amy Boesky 27 Self-Contradicting Puns in Paradise Lost 421John Leonard 28 A Paradise for Poets 439Maggie Kilgour 29 Milton and his Epic Precursors: Overgoing and Recuperation 450Tobias Gregory 30 'Nor vacuous the space': Milton's Chaos and the Vacuist Plenist Controversy 460Rachel Trubowitz 31 Samson Agonistes 475Sharon Achinstein 32 Memorial, Performance, and Tragic Action in Samson Agonistes 493Feisal G. Mohamed 33 Paradise Regained 503Margaret Kean 34 Satan, the Son of God, and the Brief Epic 517Thomas N. Corns Part IV Influences and Impact 529 35 Reading Milton, 1674 1800 531Kay Gilliland Stevenson 36 Milton: The Romantics and After 547Peter J. Kitson 37 Milton's Global Impact 566 The Arabic-Speaking World 567Islam Issa China 570Tianhu Hao India 573Malabika Sarkar Japan 576Hiroko Sano Korea 579Byung-Eun Lee Spanish ]Speaking America 581Mario Murgia Part V Chronology 585 The Life and Times of John Milton: A Chronology 587Thomas N. Corns Consolidated Bibliography 602 Index 641