[Milton-L] De Doctrina Christiana

FLANNAGAN, ROY ROY at uscb.edu
Fri Jan 2 12:53:24 EST 2009

The starting place, as ever, would be in Maurice Kelley's This Great Argument, which matches the epic against the treatise point by theological point.  Sometimes Kelley makes the treatise into a kind of Procrustean bed, but what he wrote still seems well-organized and concise.  That book made Kelley's academic reputation, and it might have assured him a home at Princeton.
Michael Bauman might speak best for the differences between epic and treatise, but I think comparing the two works with each other works better than contrasting them with each other.
Roy Flannagan 


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Extending Hannibal Hamlin's question, could I ask people to say what they think are  important differences between ideas stated in DDC and ideas stated or clearly implied in PL (as you interpret it)?


On 1/2/09 11:18 AM, "Hannibal Hamlin" <hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:

	A further question that is more hermeneutic than bibliographic -- to what extent can Paradise Lost (say) be legitimately interpreted in light of De Doctrina?  This seems to have become common practice, for the obvious reason that the theological positions stated in De Doctrina are considerably easier to determine than those in PL.  But De Doctrina isn't really a handbook to the theology of PL, is it?  If the same man wrote both works, that's certainly interesting, but can we assume that both works express the same ideas, or that their author was of the same mind when he wrote both works?  We might even ask about the relationship about theological ideas to the (written) linguistic expression of them: i.e., is it possible that language can generate ideas as much as the reverse, and even that different kinds of writing (dramatic fictional English verse, say, as opposed to expository Latin prose) might tend to generate different ideas?
	On 1/2/09, Thomas Corns <els009 at bangor.ac.uk> wrote: 

		May I suggest reading at least the last chapter of Gordon Campbell, Thomas
		N. Corns, John K. Hale, and Fiona Tweedie, JOHN MILTON AND THE MANUSCRIPT OF
		DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)?
		If time is more pressing, then go with Michael Bauman: yes.
		DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA is being edited for the new Oxford Complete Works of
		John Milton; John Hale is the volume editor for that volume.
		Tom Corns
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