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 Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago; David A. Loewenstein, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 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.
While many scholars have argued that Paradise Lost celebrates freedom, the nature of such freedom remains unclear. Professor Scodel will contend that the poem in fact embraces the notorious polysemous ambiguities of freedom as an ideal.
Though scholarship on style has been quick to take advantage of the increased sophistication, power, and scope of current quantitative methods, it has neglected the potential of another seemingly more rudimentary digital tool. Search, Professor Shore argues, can transform the way we investigate and understand the history of style.