Published annually by Duquesne University Press as an important forum for Milton scholarship and criticism, Milton Studies focuses on various aspects of John Milton's life and writing, including biography; literary history; Milton's work in its literary, intellectual, political, or cultural contexts; Milton's influence on or relationship to other writers; and the history of critical response to his work. The eight essays in this volume offer a variety of fresh subjects and cutting-edge approaches to Milton's prose and poetry. The nine essays in this volume offer extraordinary coverage of Milton's works, both poems and prose. Topics covered include: Milton's self-identification with his female characters; his ambivalent attitudes toward kwledge and education; a new view of Milton's relationship with Galileo that invokes The Da Vinci Code and the Brotherhood of the Illuminati; the invention of the microscope seen in the rhetoric of Paradise Lost; the significance of historical references to the Tartars; floral imagery and the current emphasis on Green Milton ; sexuality, marriage, and divorce in seventeenth-century England; writings on heresy, intolerance, and tolerance; and religious zeal and radical religion to explain Milton's characterization of the Son in Paradise Regained Hardback is un-jacketed.
ALBERT C. LABRIOLA was a professor of English and Distinguished University Professor at Duquesne University and secretary of the Milton Society of America. He was also the general editor of the Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies book series. He was named the Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America for 2000.