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Approaches to Teaching Milton's Paradise Lost
Second Edition

Editor(s): Peter C. Herman

Pages: xii & 232 pp.
Published: 2012
ISBN: 9781603291163 (cloth)
ISBN: 9781603291170 (paperback)


“This is an exemplary anthology of essays, all of them anchored in pedagogical concerns.”
Joseph Wittreich
Graduate Center, City University of New York

This second edition of Approaches to Teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost addresses Milton in the light of the digital age, new critical approaches to his poem, and his continued presence in contemporary culture. It aims to help instructors enliven the teaching of Paradise Lost and address the challenges presented to students by the poem—the early modern syntax and vocabulary, the political and theological contexts, and the abounding classical references.

The first part of the volume, “Materials,” evaluates the many available editions of the poem, points to relevant reference works, recommends additional reading, and outlines useful audiovisual and online aids for teaching Milton’s epic poem. The essays in the second part, “Approaches,” are grouped by several themes: literary and historical contexts, characters, poetics, critical approaches, classrooms, and performance. The essays cover epic conventions and literary and biblical allusions, new approaches such as ecocriticism and masculinity studies, and reading Milton on the Web, among other topics.

Boyd Berry
Michael Bryson
Angelica Duran
Thomas Fulton
Wendy Furman-Adams
Achsah Guibbory
Randall Ingram
Sean Keilen
William Kolbrener
John Leonard
David Loewenstein
Thomas H. Luxon
Catherine Gimelli Martin
Feisal G. Mohamed
Richard Rambuss
Hugh Richmond
Elizabeth Sauer
Regina Schwartz
Gregory M. Colón Semenza
John T. Shawcross
Lauren Shohet
Abraham Stoll
Jeffrey Theis
Julia M. Walker
Anthony Welch
Jessica Wolfe

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