Sunday, November 17, 2013

Following the grapevine

On the Milton Society of America's webpage they have a page of recent or in-progress publications which I thought was interesting and quite helpful! Not only does it have the latest on Milton academia but also the latest scholars working on it. I found a couple articles that have been recently published as well as some that are still forthcoming. I jotted down the names of the authors to look them up and maybe try talking to them! If you're stuck and/or looking for people and information I would suggest taking a glance.

I've been stumbling across names, articles, and background for what I want to talk about. (And making sure what I want to talk about is what I want to talk about;)

Key findings to date:
  • There are two schools of thought within Miltonic criticism regarding his religious orientation and its expression within his works. 
    • Milton who toes the line of orthodoxy, Milton who “propounds the received tenets of Christianity
    • Milton who trespasses the boundaries, Milton who subject tenets of Christianity to critique
  • I need to read De Doctrina Christiana by Milton (some criticism I have read claims that Milton's Paradise Lost and De Doctrina Christiana are at odds...not sure if that will factor in yet or not)
Some Annotated Bibliography (I was talking to myself when I typed them up. Hence the third-person.)

1. (This is a dissecting of the little bit before of a passage you used in your blog post on Paradise Regained. Author argues that after Satan has gone on and on about the classical scholars Christ has a spiel about “Don’t you think I know this? and chiasmus, negatives, and litotes, and just straightening out what he is really saying. Good analysis in this one, although short.)
Mulryan, John. "Milton's Paradise Regained." The Explicator 64.4 (2006): 211. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
Possible useful quotations (or just things to keep your mind on track)
"but the Son appears to be saying that it does not matter whether or not Satan believes that the Son is conversant in classical culture; divine revelation ("light from above") is all the knowledge that the Son needs."

2. (The one I don’t particularly agree with and don’t know if I will necessarily want to use. But it could be great background in my “common ground” section and what I will be arguing against or in variance. Dissects Book III and how Christ’s sayings about glory and fame are contradictory, also about Job and Socrates.)
Miller, Timothy C. "Milton's 'Paradise Regained.' (English poet John Milton)." The Explicator 56.1 (1997): 14+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

3. (Would only use as another proof that Milton uses others to represent, reflect, Christ. Here it is demonstrated that Samson is an effective representation of Christ.)
Hillier, Russell M. "Grotius's Christus Patiens and Milton's Samson Agonistes." The Explicator 65.1 (2006): 9+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.

4. (I haven’t read the whole thing yet and it is more of a argument that the Son is an extension/representaion of Milton than it is of Milton representing Christ. But it does point out that Milton feels he is working under the directive of a divine calling.)
Taylor, Patricia R. "The Son as collaborator in Paradise Regained." Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 51.1 (2011): 181+. Literature Resource Center. Web. 12 Nov. 2013.
Milton published far more than just the anonymous political tracts--in fact, most of his writings were published under his own name--and Milton is far from absent in Paradise Regained, despite his emphasis on being divinely inspired.

1 comment:

  1. It's good to have things in your sources that you don't necessarily agree with. Those articles give you a great premise for describing what you believe and exchanging ideas with a scholar that you don't agree with (given that you take the time to properly represent that scholar's argument, which I'm sure you will).

    And thanks for the link to the recent and in progress publications!