School of English and Drama

Milton: Revolutions in Writing

Module code: ESH390

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Monday 11 am - 1 pm

Contact: Prof David Colclough
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

This module offers an intensive study of the writing and thought of John Milton: possibly the most important author of the seventeenth century. At its heart is a detailed reading and discussion of Milton¿s great epic poem, Paradise Lost (1674). We will consider what Milton aimed to effect in writing and publishing Paradise Lost, and will study it in the context of the changes in society and religion that were taking place at the time. Milton was a political revolutionary; he was also a revolutionary writer, who attempted to carry out a thorough reform of English literature as well as of English society. In seminar discussions we will analyze Paradise Lost alongside some of Milton¿s other revolutionary writings, including his plea for the freedom of the press, Areopagitica (1644).

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6