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Milton in the Long Restoration

Blair Hoxby and Ann Baynes Coiro

Abstract

Literary criticism often treats Milton as if he were the last of the Renaissance poets or a visionary prophet who remained misunderstood until he was read by the Romantics. This collection sets Milton in the context of his contemporaries and immediate heirs. Its chapters demonstrate that some early eighteenth-century critics were finer readers of Milton than even his most perceptive Romantic and twentieth-century readers. The translations, editions, and commentaries produced by early eighteenth century men of letters emerge as the seedbed of modern criticism. And the term ‘neoclassical’ is its ... More

Keywords: John Milton, Long Restoration, long eighteenth century, reception history, periodization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769774
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769774.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blair Hoxby, editor
Stanford University

Ann Baynes Coiro, editor
Rutgers University

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Introduction

Blair Hoxby

Part I Reception and Interpretation

1 Milton’s Spots

Denise Gigante

2 Critical Mass

David A. Harper

Part II The Dramatic and Theatrical Milton

Part III Lineal Descents and Clans

11 Angel Bodies to Whig Souls

Dustin D. Stewart

12 Yet Once More

Christopher R. Miller

13 Milton’s Pope

Sophie Gee

Part IV Conditions of Liberty

14 The Circling Hours

Gregory Chaplin

18 Friday as Fit Help

Mary Nyquist

Part V Wider Worlds

20 Haak’s Milton

Nigel Smith

22 Purging the Visual Nerve

Anne-Julia Zwierlein

Part VI Epic, Mock Epic, and the Novel

26 Milton and the People

Joanna Picciotto

Part VII Milton’s Lives

End Matter