[Milton-L] newly released book

Margaret Thickstun mthickst at hamilton.edu
Sat Apr 21 13:47:57 EDT 2007

In a gesture of shameless self-promotion, I would like to announce 
that my book on moral education in Paradise Lost is now available 
from Palgrave Macmillan.  Here is some information from the back 

This book reads Milton's Paradise Lost as a poem that seeks to 
educate its readers by narrating the education of its main 
characters. Many of Milton's characters enter the action in late 
adolescence, newly independent and eager to test themselves, to 
discover who they are and their place in the world. The poem charts 
their progress into moral adulthood. Taking as its premise that 
attention to the moral development of the poem's main characters will 
open the poem to most undergraduate readers, this book explores both 
the pedagogical activity within Paradise Lost and the pedagogical 
activity that the poem encourages.

"By a series of careful reexaminations of the most important 'scenes 
of instruction' in Milton's text, Thickstun consistently illuminates 
the significance of details many critics have ignored or 
misunderstood. The prose is also engaging, often funny, and enviably 
clear. This is a bracing, entertaining, and generous book."--Louis 
Schwartz, University of Richmond

"Thickstun provides an admirable and salutary reading of Milton's 
epic as a 'fabric of loving relationships' in which God as Father 
nurtures the moral growth of his angelic and human offspring, not by 
a set of rules but by giving Raphael, Abdiel, Uriel, Satan, Adam, 
Eve, and others moral responsibilities as teachers and 
learners."--Diane Kelsey McColley, Rutgers, The State University of 
New Jersey, Camden College of Arts and Sciences

It has the very boring but informational title: Milton's Paradise 
Lost: Moral Education.
Margaret Thickstun
Elizabeth J. McCormack Professor of English
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Rd
Clinton, NY 13323
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