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Spring 2016-2017
* ENG 325 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit


Nigel Smith

We will explore John Milton's entire career, largely as poet, but also as dramatist, prose writer and thinker: a lifelong effort to unite the aims of intellectual, political and literary experimentation. In doing so Milton made himself the most influential non-dramatic poet in the English language. We will spend much time with Paradise Lost, regarded by many as the greatest non-dramatic poem in English or any modern language, and which has extensive debt to drama. We will encounter Milton's profound, extensive learning and his startling innovations with words, songs and in ideas of personal, domestic and communal liberty.

Sample reading list:
Paradise Lost
Paradise Regained
Samson Agonistes
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
A short paper, a mid-term exam, a final paper, short weekly blackboard postings, live readings of Milton's works in class.

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
This course is co-taught by Professor Nigel Smith and graduate student Daniel Blank through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative. Distribution Requirement: British Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43468 S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:14 Limit:20