Milton and the Climates of Reading: Essays by Balachandra Rajan

By Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer

© 2006

Scholarly criticism of John Milton's writings has in recent decades been distinguished by a methodological prudence that separates it from other forms of literary scholarship. One critic, however, stands apart from his colleagues and has consistently offered a corrective to this prudence: Balachandra Rajan. In Milton and the Climates of Reading, Elizabeth Sauer undertakes the daunting work of bringing together a selection of Rajan's essays on Milton, some hitherto unpublished, in order to chart trends and changes in Milton scholarship over the last sixty years and to consider future directions in this vital field of inquiry.

This collection, which is framed by Sauer's insightful introduction and an eloquent afterword by Joseph Wittreich, demonstrates Rajan's critical range and his ability to adapt to 'new' ideas, always reformulating them in his own characteristic and individual manner. Milton and the Climates of Reading offers timely statements about the ways in which Milton's writings not only addressed their own time, but also speak profoundly and powerfully to ours.

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Milton and the Climates of Reading offers timely statements about the ways in which Milton's writings not only addressed their own time, but also speak profoundly and powerfully to ours.

Milton and the Climates of Reading: Essays by Balachandra Rajan

By Balachandra Rajan and Elizabeth Sauer

© 2006

Scholarly criticism of John Milton's writings has in recent decades been distinguished by a methodological prudence that separates it from other forms of literary scholarship. One critic, however, stands apart from his colleagues and has consistently offered a corrective to this prudence: Balachandra Rajan. In Milton and the Climates of Reading, Elizabeth Sauer undertakes the daunting work of bringing together a selection of Rajan's essays on Milton, some hitherto unpublished, in order to chart trends and changes in Milton scholarship over the last sixty years and to consider future directions in this vital field of inquiry.

This collection, which is framed by Sauer's insightful introduction and an eloquent afterword by Joseph Wittreich, demonstrates Rajan's critical range and his ability to adapt to 'new' ideas, always reformulating them in his own characteristic and individual manner. Milton and the Climates of Reading offers timely statements about the ways in which Milton's writings not only addressed their own time, but also speak profoundly and powerfully to ours.

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Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.3in
  • Author Information

    Balachandra Rajan was a professor emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario.



    Elizabeth Sauer is a professor in the Department of English at Brock University.

  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Note on Editions

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: The Art of Criticism by Elizabeth Sauer

    1. Osiris and Urania
    2. The Poetics of Heresy
    3. Surprised by a Strange Language: Defamiliarizing Paradise Lost
    4. Milton Encompassed
    5. Banyan Trees and Fig Leaves: Some Thoughts on Milton’s India
    6. The Imperial Temptation
    7. The Two Creations: Paradise Lost and the Treatise on Christian Doctrine
    8. Milton and Camões: Reinventing the Old Man
    9. Warfaring and Wayfaring: Milton and the Globalization of Tolerance

    Afterword: His More Attentive Mind by Joseph A. Wittreich

    Publications by Balachandra Rajan

    Works Cited

    Index

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