Controversy and Reinterpretation
By (author) John Peter Rumrich
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Milton Unbound by John Peter Rumrich
Book DescriptionJohn Milton - heretic, defender of the Cromwellian regicides, epic poet - holds a crucial strategic position on the intellectual and ideological map of literary studies. In this provocative and liberating study, John P. Rumrich contends that contemporary critics, despite differences in methodology, have contributed to the invention of a monolithic or institutional Milton, as censorious preacher, aggressive misogynist, and champion of the emerging bourgeoisie. Rumrich reveals the pressures that have shaped this current critical orthodoxy, and exposes the historical inaccuracies and logical inconsistencies that sustain it. Through analysis of Milton's poetry and prose, and consideration of the historical forces that informed Milton's writing, Rumrich argues instead for a more complex Milton who was able to accommodate uncertainty and doubt.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521551731
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Peter Rumrich
Milton and Heresy, Paperback (February 2009)
Twelve essays examine Milton's heretical opinions and dissent from orthodoxies of modern Milton criticism.
Milton Unbound, Paperback (November 2006)
Exposes the inadequacy of current critical orthodoxy, and argues that Milton accommodated uncertainty.
Seventeenth-Century British Poetry, 1603-1660, Paperback (February 2006)» View all books by John Peter Rumrich
Twenty-nine poets writing from the 1603 ascension of James I, the first Stuart King, and the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, are included in this Norton Critical Edition.
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