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 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.

Past Milton Seminars

Upcoming Seminars

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Milton Seminar
Joshua Scodel, Edenic Freedoms
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 16

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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Milton Seminar
Daniel Shore: Milton, Search, and the History of Style
Please register by 10 am Friday, November 14

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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
Milton Seminar
Noel Sugimura
Please register by 10 am Friday, May 8

A paper title and description will be added later. Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Learn more about the speaker: Noel Sugimura, Georgetown University.