[Milton-L] on a lighter note: Milton memes

Duran, Angelica A duran0 at purdue.edu
Sat Dec 7 17:22:21 EST 2013

Dear friends,

Here in the U.S.-Midwest, we do our part in trying to spread with cheer the good news of Mr. Milton.

Purdue (very strong in agriculture and entomology [the study of bugs]) has held its well-attended "Bug Bowl" for 17 years (see http://www.purdue.edu/uns/bugbowl/bugbowl.index.html). And nearly each year during my 13 years at Purdue, I've given extra credit for groups of students in my "Milton" course for participating in the "Bug Bowl Cake Decoration Contest" (see http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/bugbowl/contests.php) by creating a cake and cake-board that has a quotation from any of Milton's work that refers to bugs, with relevant cake depiction and textual citation. While I provide one cake mix box and one frosting tub to each team, the students often contribute more.

I am happy to say that my students often take all the ribbons in the adult category, and that my heart is warmed when I hear the parents, kids, and students who visit the display say things like "Paradise Lost, oh, I remember that," or when children ask who Milton is.  The grossest cake my students created was based on Lycidas's "Or Taint-worm to the weanling Herds that graze" (l. 46).
Angelica Duran
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, Religious Studies (2009-2013)
Purdue University, 500 Oval Drive - Heavilon Hall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 U.S.A.
<duran0 at purdue.edu>

From: Salwa Khoddam <skhoddam at cox.net<mailto:skhoddam at cox.net>>
Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu<mailto:milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>>
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013 4:58 PM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] on a lighter note: Milton memes

Congratulations, Miklo's. Your students are very creative. What a wonderful way to link Milton to popular culture.
Salwa Khoddam PhD
Professor of English Emerita
Oklahoma City University
Author of *Mythopoeic Narnia:
Memory, Metaphor, and Metamorphoses
in The Chronicles of Narnia*
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Subject: [Milton-L] on a lighter note: Milton memes

Dear Miltonists,

As the day of the Budapest Milton Marathon is approaching, I would like to share with you the result of some light-hearted frolicking we have had with the students both as “mental preparation” for the great event and a means of advertising it to others. In the facebook group of our institute I launched as a “special side event” the “First Milton Meme Competition”. Contestants could send in memes in two categories: either (1) a portrait of Milton with any text they chose, or (2) any image of their own choice with any excerpt from Paradise Lost. Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the second category was more popular; however, most memes were created “just for fun,” i.e. outside the competition, as reflections on the marathon itself. These latter images proved especially helpful in spreading the news among students, and the whole contest served as a good starting point in class to steer students towards considering early modern emblems.

So here they are if you are interested. Some of them might reflect Hungarians’ special, somewhat absurd sense of humor, and a few contain references that I must confess I can’t fully unravel.


All best,



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