[Milton-L] Early Modern Education and Milton

Butler, Todd Wayne butlert at wsu.edu
Thu Sep 17 13:55:25 EDT 2015

Though it’s not a readily accessible written piece, list members interested in this topic should know of the weekend Folger conference “Theatres of Learning: Education in Early Modern England (1500-1750)” that will be occur in mid-October. The registration deadline has been extended to September 30.

Even if you can’t make it (it’s the same weekend as Milton in Murfreesboro, for example) you might want to check out their provisional program and information, if only to get a sense of who is speaking and the topics:


Todd Butler
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of English
Washington State University
(509) 335-2639 office
(509) 335-2582 fax

From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Stephen B Dobranski
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Also, one of your colleagues at Bridgewater State, Greg Chaplin, has a terrific, tightly-focused piece entitled “Education” in the collection *Milton in Context.*

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There is also Donald Leman Clark’s John Milton at St. Paul’s School as well. There has, of course, been more recent work on education in the period as well as studies by Miltonists.  I cite some of the older ones in my Milton in the Preaching Arts (2001)—this isn’t a plug as much as my not really having any time to chase down references. See also Linda C. Mitchell, Grammar Wars.

Is Tim Raylor on this list?  He is doing Of Education for the Oxford Milton, but I am sure that he has some other stuff out.

I’ve also got a piece on Milton and the trivium coming out in festschrift for Gordon Campbell.  He has written on both the logic and the grammar.

Too little time, too many suggestions. . . .

Jameela Lares, Ph.D.
Professor of English
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5037
Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001

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Harris Fletcher's two-volume The Intellectual Development of John Milton is a great place to start if you haven't looked into it already. It will give you a broad overview of educational practices. The book's appendices also contain some primary texts that, to my knowledge, haven't been reprinted since.

Ben Moran

On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 10:55 AM, Norman, James A. <James.Norman at bridgew.edu<mailto:James.Norman at bridgew.edu>> wrote:

I'm hoping to get some suggestions for books or articles on Early Modern education approaches, pedagogy, application, practice, etc.  Particularly with respect to Milton--for instance, if anyone has written critically about Milton's stance towards the system of his day--but of course, I would be thankful for a wide variety of source materials: primary or secondary.  Anything that will shed light upon the curriculum, pedagogical approaches, daily lessons, and even critical views of early modern approaches would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


James A. Norman
Dept. of English
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
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