Milton Seminar

Detail from book one, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books.

Detail from book one, Paradise Lost: A Poem in Twelve Books. Case Y 185 .M657.

Twice a year since 1986, this seminar brings together interested scholars to read and discuss precirculated papers on aspects of Milton studies. Each meeting is conducted by a seminar leader, who delivers a brief presentation and leads a discussion based upon a paper he or she has written.

The Newberry’s Milton Seminar is organized by Stephen Fallon, University of Notre Dame; Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago; Paula McQuade, DePaul University; and Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University.

The seminars are free and open to the public; registration in advance is required. Precirculated papers will be sent electronically to registrants.

Past Milton Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 20
Could Milton’s decision to use biblical rather than Arthurian materials for his national epic have been politically motivated? Can Paradise Lost be read as a response to the charge that he and other proponents of popular sovereignty rely on pagan, Graeco-Roman authors?
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register to attend by 10 am Friday, May 13, 2016
A paper title and description will be added later. The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Timothy Harrison, University of Chicago
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Milton Seminar
Please register by 10 am Friday, October 7, 2016
A paper title and description will be added later. The paper will be precirculated to those who register, for discussion at the seminar. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar. Learn more about the speaker: Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa