[Milton-L] newly released book

Fr M J (Mike) Logsdon mjl at ix.netcom.com
Sat Apr 21 13:51:16 EDT 2007

newly released bookOrdering info?  I got a tax return coming that's just
dying to get used!,

Fr M J (Mike) Logsdon, Vicar-general
North American Old Roman Catholic Church (Utrecht Succession)
Archdiocese of California

"Simplicity, when it is not a careless gift of the Muse, is the last and
most painful achievement of conscientious self-denial." - James Russell

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  From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu
[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu]On Behalf Of Margaret Thickstun
  Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2007 10:48 AM
  To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
  Subject: [Milton-L] newly released book

  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 cover:

  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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