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By Stephen B. Dobranski

It truly is noticeably paradoxical that John Milton--who adverse baby baptism, supported regicide, defended divorce and authorized of polygamy--should be heard as a voice of orthodoxy. but sleek scholarship has usually understated or defined away his heretical evaluations. This choice of essays investigates facets of his works inconsistent with traditional ideals, displaying how Milton, as poet, philosopher and public servant, eschewed dogma and thought of indeterminacy and uncertainty as basic to human life.

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Contents checklist of participants web page vii Acknowledgments Abbreviations ix x creation: Heretical Milton Stephen B. Dobranski and John P. Rumrich i half I HERETICAL THEOLOGY 1. Milton on heresy Janel Mueller 2. Milton's antiprelatical tracts and the marginality of doctrine Thomas ok Corns 21 39 three. How radical used to be the younger Milton? Barbara okay. Lewalski forty nine half II HERESY AND effects four. Milton's Arianism: why it issues John R Rumrich seventy five five. "Elect above the rest": theology as self-representation in Milton Stephen M. Fallon ninety three 6. Milton's kisses William Kerrigan 117 VI CONTENTS half III HERESY AND group 7. Licensing Milton's heresy Stephen B. Dobranski 139 eight. Milton and the reason of insulting John ok. Hale 159 nine. Treason opposed to God and country: blasphemy in Milton's tradition and Paradise misplaced David Loewenstein 176 10. The politics of functionality within the internal theater: Samson Agonistes as closet drama Elizabeth Sauer 199 half IV READERS OF HERESY eleven. announcing everlasting windfall: John Milton in the course of the window of liberation theology John S. Bennett 217 12. Milton's transgressive maneuvers: receptions (then and now) and the sexual politics of Paradise misplaced Joseph Wittreich Index 244 267 Contributors JOAN s. BENNETT, college ojDelaware THOMAS N. CORNS, college oj Wales, Bangor STEPHEN B. DOBRANSKI, Georgia country collage STEPHEN M. FALLON, collage of Notre Dame JOHN okay. HALE, collage oj Otago, New Zealand WILLIAM KERRIGAN, collage of Massachusetts, Amherst BARBARA okay. LEWALSKI, Harvard college DAVID LOEWENSTEIN, college of Wisconsin, Madison JANEL MUELLER, college of Chicago JOHN P. RUM wealthy, college of Texas, Austin ELIZABETH SAUER, Brock collage, Canada JOSEPH WITTREICH, the town college ofNew York Acknowledgments The editors desire to thank the individuals to this quantity for his or her endurance, strong will, and unusual diligence. we're additionally thankful to our editor, Josie Dixon, and the nameless readers for Cambridge collage Press whose special, trained suggestions guided our revisions. The advent extra benefited from the recommendation of Lance Bertelsen, Stephen M. Fallon, and David Loewenstein. throughout the ultimate levels of revision, Mark Womack and Gregory Chaplin have been instrumental in bringing a various manuscript into constant, publishable shape. We secured their helpful suggestions with the aid of the dept of English, collage of Texas, Austin — in particular during the stable workplaces ofjames D. Garrison and Sally Gordon. A next commute provide from the dep. of English, Georgia country college allowed the editors to paintings aspect by way of part whereas completing the manuscript. ultimately, Stephen Dobranski needs to thank Shannon L. Prosser for her many insights, abiding encouragement, and generosity. This assortment is meant to honor the enormous efforts of Maurice Kelley in constructing the textual historical past and antecedents of Milton's de doctrina Christiana. Abbreviations CP entire Prose Works ofJohn Milton, gen.

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