MLA Proseminar: Paradise Lost: Tyranny, Liberty, Poetry
ENGL 538 640
In this class we will undertake an intensive reading of John Miltons Paradise Lost, one of the greatest poems in the English language. Miltons epic is not only a work of literature but also of political theory and theology. How does Milton use the Biblical story of the Fall to explore questions about the nature of freedom, legitimate authority, and tyranny? How does the poem speak to these issues in Miltons time, when England fought a civil war, established a republican government, and then restored the monarchy to the throne? How does it speak to issues in our own time? We will contextualize Paradise Lost by reading some of Miltons political tractson monarchy, freedom of the press, and divorceand those of his contemporaries.
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