The Cambridge Companion to Milton

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Dennis Danielson
Cambridge University Press, Jul 22, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 316 pages
An accessible, helpful guide for any student of Milton, whether undergraduate or graduate, introducing readers to the scope of Milton's work, the richness of its historical relations, and the range of current approaches to it. This second edition contains several new and revised essays, reflecting increasing emphasis on Milton's politics, the social conditions of his authorship and the climate in which his works were published and received, a fresh sense of the importance of his early poems and Samson Agonistes, and the changes wrought by gender studies on the criticism of the previous decade. By contrast with other introductions to Milton, this Companion gathers an international team of scholars, whose informative, stimulating and often argumentative essays will provoke thought and discussion in and out of the classroom. The Companion's reading lists and extended bibliography offer readers the necessary tools for further informed exploration of Milton studies.

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the future poet
Miltons politics MARTIN DZELZAINIS
THOMAS N CORNS 7 Miltons sonnets and his contemporaries
Language and knowledgeinParadise Lost
The Fall and Miltons theodicy
Milton and the reforming spirit
Reading Samson Agonistes
JOAN S BENNETT 16 Miltons readers

Milton and the sexes

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