End of Learning by Thomas Festa
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End of Learning
By Thomas Festa

The End of Learning

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End of Learning by Thomas Festa

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This book shows that education constitutes the central metaphor of John Milton's political as well as his poetic writing. Demonstrating how Milton's theory of education emerged from his own practices as a reader and teacher, this book analyzes for the first time the relationship between Milton's own material habits as a reader and his theory of the power of books. Milton's instincts for pedagogy, and the habits of inculcation everywhere visible in his writings, take on a larger political function in his use of education as a trope for the transmission of intellectual history. The book therefore analyzes Paradise Lost in the complementary contexts of its outright educational claims and more subversive countervailing measures in order to show how Milton dramatizes "the end of learning," which is to say both its objective and its failure. The thesis emphasizes the argumentative resourcefulness of Milton's efforts to liberate readers from the tyrannical bonds of their political innocence, most immediately in the context of the failure of Cromwell's regime to establish lasting republican institutions. More philosophically, the book explores the ways in which Milton's works investigate the humane and intellectual yearning for justice in response to the problem of evil.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415978392
ISBN-10: 0415978394
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas Festa

Thomas Festa is Assistant Professor of Renaissance literature in the English department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His essays have appeared in Milton Studies, English Language Notes, Reformation, the John Donne Journal, and The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature.

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