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ENGL 423 1U - Milton

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.

Special Instructions:

This course introduces you to the seventeenth-century British writer, John Milton, who lived and wrote during a period of civil war and revolutionary change. Milton was a censor whose most lasting contribution to legal theory is his attack on state censorship, a devout Christian whose most lasting contribution to literature is his heroic character of Satan. Across his long publishing career, he produced polemical prose that directly addressed the current events of his turbulent moment and prophetic poetry that looked back to Eden and forward to what he saw as the apocalyptic end of time. This class will explore Milton-s contradictory, prodigious, and ostentatiously learned output in the context of his own life and the political conflagrations that transformed it, focusing on the complex issues of gender, sexuality, religion, and state politics that shaped his work. We will trace his carefully crafted public image, thinking about Milton-s view of the role of the poet and polemicist

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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