[Milton-L] censorship and pl

Cristine Soliz csoliz at csoliz.com
Wed Nov 30 15:01:10 EST 2005

I wonder if this prohibition by the Catholic Church wasn't motivated by
Milton's protestantism rather than their fear of sex.  I got fired from
teaching Catholic Sunday school when I was just out of high school because I
had brought in a sheet of biblical verses that had been published by a
Protestant company and discussed the verses in class. Being kicked out of a
volunteer job was traumatic for me, but at least I got an insight into the
effects of censorship.
Dr. Cristine Soliz
PhD in Comparative Literature
Faculty in English, Diné College
csoliz at csoliz.com

> From: Gregory Machacek <Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 14:01:41 -0500
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: [Milton-L] censorship and pl
> Rose Williams says:
> Surely Paradise Lost must have been censored
> sometime, somewhere? If we could show such a fact to our students, they
> would probably be encouraged to read it.
> Paradise Lost was (maybe still is) on the Catholic Church's Index of
> Prohibited Books.  When my own undergraduate Milton teacher, a Benedictine
> monk, wanted to study Milton in graduate school, he had to get special
> permission from at least his bishop, and perhaps from the Vatican itself.
> Greg Machacek
> Associate Professor of English
> Marist College
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