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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 325 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Milton

Nigel Smith

John Milton's writings reflect a lifelong effort to unite the aims of political, intellectual and literary experimentation. In doing so he became the most influential non-dramatic poet in the English language. This class will explore Milton's major works, especially Paradise Lost, and his ambition to produce a radically new conception of love that would transform lived experience. We'll encounter Milton's startling poetic innovations, and his highly controversial ideas about sovereignty, marriage and God. Studying his work alongside other Renaissance and contemporary theorists of sexuality, we will consider the politics of love.

Sample reading list:
John Milton, Paradise Lost
John Milton, Paradise Regained
John Milton, Samson Agonistes
John Milton, Comus
John Milton, Areopagitica
John Milton, Lycidas
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
25-50 pages or reading per week. Two short papers (5-6 pages each), a final paper (10-12 pages), and several brief responses.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
This course is co-taught by Professor Nigel Smith and graduate student Orlando Reade through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative. ENG Majors Distribution Area: British Foundation

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42467 S01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed