Topics


The role of poetry in shaping world-views; the epic and other poetic genres; theology; sexuality; education; science; architecture and aesthetics. 

 

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Objectives


Students who successfully complete this subject will have a detailed understanding of Paradise Lost, as well as a working knowledge of other poetic works by John Milton and some of his contemporaries. Students should also have acquired familiarity with the social, cultural, and political contexts of Milton’s literary writing, and will have developed their own critical readings of Paradise Lost in relation to the main currents of criticism on one of the most celebrated poetic works in the English language

 

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Organisation


A two-hour lecture and an hour-long discussion every week

 

 

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Assessment


40% midterm writing assignment
50% final writing assignment
10% participation in class and online discussions

 

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Texts


Paradise Lost (ed. Gordon Teskey), Norton Critical Editions.

A range of contextual and critical material will be made available in class.

 

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Last updated: 19 July 2017