[Milton-L] 17th Century contexts

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Thu Nov 29 13:44:09 EST 2007


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jameela Lares" <Jameela.Lares at usm.edu>
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>; "Rich 
DuRocher" <durocher at stolaf.edu>
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] 17th Century contexts


>I used Rivers last time I taught Milton and it worked quite well, even 
>though it
> was out of print at the time.  I had a copy on reserve in the library and 
> had
> the students do oral presentations.  They also each had copies of the 
> Cambridge
> Companion, second edition  For the sociopolitical background, I've gotten 
> some
> mileage from showing the first half of the movie CROMWELL (Richard Harris 
> and
> Alec Guiness, 1970), though some of the anachronisms make me wince and 
> need to
> be explained.  E.g., Cromwell was not among the five members of Parliament 
> whom
> the king attempted to arrest, all of whom escaped, but had he been, he 
> would not
> have sat in the king's presence and lectured him, and certainly not on
> democracy.  (Leave it to Hollywood!)
>
> Jameela
>
> Quoting Rich DuRocher <durocher at stolaf.edu>:
>
>> For Jeffrey and others:
>>
>>     While it may not exactly match your interests, I want to recommend a
>> gem in this regard:
>>
>>     Isabel Rivers, CLASSICAL AND CHRISTIAN IDEAS IN THE ENGLISH
>> RENAISSANCE.
>>
>>     Originally published by Allen & Unwin, then out of print, now (just
>> checked on Amazon) it's been reissued in a Kindle Edition for around
>> $21.00.  Anyone who has used this text will recall its great virtue: it
>> cites the key texts by 16th & 17th century thinkers as well as writers
>> on the key, embattled issues.  So, for example, on Predestination/Free
>> will, it includes key paragraphs by Luther, Calvin, Arminius, and then
>> offers key paragraphs by writers including Milton, Spenser, etc., both
>> poetry (PL) and prose (DDC).  Rivers includes an overview or summary of
>> the issue before providing these primary materials.  I've found it
>> incredibly useful over the years.  What it lacks, in terms of Jeffrey's
>> question, is social/political history, but on intellectual, religious,
>> and history it's terrific.
>>
>>   All the best,
>>
>> Rich DuRocher
>> St. Olaf College
>>
>> Jeffrey Shoulson wrote:
>> > I turn to the list for some help in a matter that, I know, has been
>> > raised in one form or another before.
>> > In previous years, I have used Graham Parry's The Seventeenth Century:
>> >  The Intellectual and Cultural Context of English Literature,
>> > 1603-1700 (Longman Group, 1989) as a handy single-volume overview of
>> > the period for my undergraduate courses in 17th century literature.
>> >  The book went out of print about five years ago and I am in search of
>> > a substitute, a single volume review of the major political,
>> > religious, philosophical, social trends and conflicts in
>> > seventeenth-century England.
>> > Any suggestions?
>> > Thanks,
>> > Jeffrey Shoulson
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Jeffrey S. Shoulson, Ph. D.
>> > Associate Professor of English and Judaic Studies
>> > University of Miami
>> > PO Box 248145
>> > Coral Gables, FL 33124-4632
>> >
>> > (o) 305-284-5596
>> > (f) 305-284-5635
>> >
>> > jshoulson at miami.edu <mailto:jshoulson at miami.edu>
>> > www.as.miami.edu/english/faculty.htm#shoulson
>> >
>> >
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