Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England

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David Loewenstein, Paul Stevens
University of Toronto Press, Nov 29, 2008 - Literary Collections - 448 pages
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Although the poet John Milton was a politically active citizen and polemicist during the English Revolution, little has been written on Milton's concept of nationalism. The first book to examine major aspects of Milton's nationalism in its full complexity and diversity, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England features fifteen essays by leading international scholars who illuminate the significance of the nation as a powerful imaginative construct in his writings.

Informed by a range of critical methods, the essays examine the diverse - sometimes conflicting - and strained expressions of nationhood and national identity in Milton's writings, to address the literary, ethnic, and civic dimensions of his nationalism. These essays enrich our understanding of the imaginative achievements, religious polemics, and political tensions of Milton's poetry and prose, as well as the impact of his writings in the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Early Modern Nationalism and Milton's England also illuminates the formation of early-modern nationalism, as well as the complexities of seventeenth-century English politics and religion.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Miltons Nationalism Challenges and QuestionsDAVID LOEWENSTEIN AND PAUL STEVENS
PART ONEThe Majesty of a Free People
Strains and ContradictionsDAVID LOEWENSTEIN
Reading Paradise Lost through EikonoklastesANDREW HADFIELD
Milton the English Nation and CromwellWARREN CHERNAIK
PART TWONationhood the English Church and NonConformity
Fast Sermonsduring the English RevolutionACHSAH GUIBBORY
Milton and Marvell to 1660JOHN KERRIGAN
Milton in the Context of SeventeenthCentury Debates about the NationStateVICTORIA KAHN
Globalization and the Possibilities of Positive NationalismPAUL STEVENS
Gender Luxury Slavery
Depicting Women in Miltons History Of Britain 1670WILLY MALEY
Milton and LuxuryLAURA LUNGER KNOPPERS
13 Slavery Resistance and Nation in Milton and LockeMARY NYQUIST
PART FIVEThe Nationalization of Milton

Guardian Angels and Nationhood in SeventeenthCentury EnglandJOAD RAYMOND
Church State and Schism in Miltons EnglandANDREW ESCOBEDO
PART THREEEthnicity and International Relations
7 Milton and the Limitations of EnglishnessTHOMAS N CORNS
Nation and ReceptionNICHOLAS VON MALTZAHN
Contributors
Index
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DAVID LOEWENSTEIN is Marjorie and Lorin Tiefenthaler Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PAUL STEVENS is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.

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