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The New Milton Criticism seeks to emphasize ambivalence and discontinuity in Milton's work and interrogate the assumptions and certainties in previous Milton scholarship. Contributors to the volume move Milton's open-ended poetics to the centre of Milton studies by showing how analysing irresolvable questions â€“ religious, philosophical and literary critical â€“ transforms interpretation and enriches appreciation of his work. The New Milton Criticism encourages scholars to embrace uncertainties in his writings rather than attempt to explain them away. Twelve critics from a range of countries, approaches and methodologies explore these questions in these new readings of Paradise Lost and other works. Sure to become a focus of debate and controversy in the field, this volume is a truly original contribution to early modern studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: paradigms lost, paradigms found: the new Milton criticism
Milton's fetters, or, why Eden is better than heaven
'Whose fault, whose but his own?': Paradise Lost, contributory negligence, and the problem of cause
The political theology of Milton's heaven
Meanwhile: (un)making time in Paradise Lost Judith
The gnostic Milton: salvation and divine similitude in Paradise Regained
The discontents with the drama of regeneration
Against fescues and ferulas: personal affront and individual liberty in Milton's prose
Disruptive partners: Milton and seventeenth-century women writers
Eve and the ironic theodicy of the new Milton criticism
Denis Saurat, and the old new Milton criticism
The poverty of context: Cambridge School history and the new Milton criticism
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