Past Milton Seminars

Past Seminars

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Milton Seminar
Joshua Scodel, Edenic Freedoms

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 9, 2013
Milton Seminar
Wendy Furman-Adams, Tablet for the God of Israel: Robert Medley's 1979 Samson Agonistes

With the Bible and Shakespeare’s plays, Milton’s poems are among the most frequently illustrated literary works in English. During three and a half centuries, more than 190 artists have produced illustrations of Milton’s works, using a variety of media.

Saturday, May 18, 2013
Milton Seminar
Joanna Picciotto : Poetry, Theodicy, and the Work of Natural History

This talk will explore connections between Milton’s project in Paradise Lost and the efforts of seventeenth-century Baconians to erect a theodicy on the grounds of nature alone.

Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Blaine Greteman : The Beginning of Now: John Milton in the Early Modern Social Network

The Beginning of Now: John Milton in the Early Modern Social Network

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Alvin Snider : Milton and the Idea of the North
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Edward Jones : Milton as Parishioner
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Thomas H. Luxon

“How human life began”: Sexual Reproduction in Book 8 of Paradise Lost
Thomas H. Luxon, Dartmouth College

Saturday, October 30, 2010
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Dennis Danielson
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Milton Seminar
John Milton's Paradise Lost

A Staged Reading

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Judith H. Anderson

Satanic Ethos in Paradise Lost
Judith Anderson, Indiana University

Saturday, May 15, 2010
Milton Seminar
Milton Mini-Conference

A (Belated) Celebration of Milton’s 400th Birthday

John Milton’s Life
Stephen Fallon, University of Notre Dame

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Tobias Gregory
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Feisal Mohamed

“Not but by the Spirit understood”: Milton’s Plain Style and Present-day Messianism
Feisal Mohamed, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Saturday, November 8, 2008
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: David Quint

Ulysses and the Devils: The Imaginative Organization of Book 2 of Paradise Lost
David Quint, Yale University

Saturday, May 10, 2008
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: David Urban

Samson’s Late Call: Talents, Laborers, and Parabolic Tension in Milton’s Samson Agonistes
David Urban, Calvin College

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Saturday, October 20, 2007
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Angelica Duran

Juan Milton, El Inglés
Angelica Duran, Purdue University

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Saturday, May 12, 2007
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Stephen Dobranski

Milton’s Hair
Stephen Dobranski, Georgia State University

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Saturday, October 14, 2006
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Victoria Kahn

Milton and the Book of Job in Paradise Regained
Victoria Kahn, University of California, Berkeley

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Saturday, May 13, 2006
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Ann Coiro

John Milton, Playwright: The Performance of a Maske in 1634
Ann Coiro, Rutgers University

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Saturday, November 12, 2005
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Regina Schwartz

Sacramental Poetics, Redemption, and Paradise Regained
Regina Schwartz, Northwestern University

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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Michael Bryson

The Negation of “God”: Samson Agonistes and Negative Theology
Michael Bryson, California State University, Northridge

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Saturday, February 19, 2005
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Gordon Teskey

Why This is Chaos, Nor Am I Out of It
Gordon Teskey, Harvard University

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Saturday, May 15, 2004
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Paul Stevens

The Question of Milton’s Nationalism
Paul Stevens, Queens University, Canada

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Saturday, October 11, 2003
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Jennifer Lewin, University of Kentucky

Milton, Dreaming, and the Authority of Experience
Jennifer Lewin, University of Kentucky
(now at Boston University)

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Saturday, May 10, 2003
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Marshall Grossman

The Genders of God and the Redemption of the Flesh in Paradise Lost
Marshall Grossman, University of Maryland

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Saturday, October 5, 2002
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Jeffrey Shoulson

Milton and Enthusiasm: Radical Religion and the Poetics of Paradise Regained
Jeffrey Shoulson, University of Miami

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Saturday, May 11, 2002
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Nigel Smith

Milton and the Index
Nigel Smith, Princeton University

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Saturday, September 29, 2001
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Douglas Trevor

Solitary Milton
Douglas Trevor, University of Iowa

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Saturday, May 12, 2001
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Nicholas Von Maltzahn

The War in Heaven and the Miltonic Sublime
Nicholas Von Maltzahn, University of Ottawa

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Saturday, October 7, 2000
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Laura Lunger Knoppers

No Eve Soothed My Sorrows: Domesticity and Monstrous Desire from Paradise Lost to Bride of Frankenstein
Laura Lunger Knoppers, Pennsylvania State University

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Saturday, May 13, 2000
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: John Rogers

Milton’s Circumcision
John Rogers, Yale University

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Saturday, February 19, 2000
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Stanley Fish

“On other surety None”: Cultivating Your Garden in Paradise Lost
Stanley Fish, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Saturday, October 16, 1999
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Heather Dubrow

The Masquing of Genre in Comus, or What’s a Nice Boy Like You Doing in a Topos Like This?
Heather Dubrow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Saturday, May 8, 1999
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: J. Martin Evans

The Birth of the Author: Milton’s Poetic Self-Construction
J. Martin Evans, Stanford University

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Saturday, February 27, 1999
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: John Leonard

Thus They Relate, Erring: Milton’s Inaccurate Allusions
John Leonard, University of Western Ontario

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Saturday, October 10, 1998
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Sara van den Berg

Two Kings and a Lady: Milton and the Irish Protestants
Sara van den Berg, University of Washington
(now at Saint Louis University)

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Saturday, May 9, 1998
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Linda Gregerson

Milton’s Post-Modernity: Community after the Commonwealth
Linda Gregerson, University of Michigan

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Saturday, February 21, 1998
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Richard Strier

Milton and the Tyranny of the Ethical
Richard Strier, University of Chicago

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Saturday, October 18, 1997
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Victoria Silver

“Where more is meant than meets the ear”: Milton’s Early Experiments in Allegory
Victoria Silver, University of California, Irvine

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Saturday, May 17, 1997
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Diane McColley

The Natural and Politic Bodies: Milton and Seventeenth-Century Environmental Poetics
Diane McColley, Rutgers University (now emerita)

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Saturday, February 22, 1997
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Steven Pincus

John Milton and Commercial Society: The Making of a Republican Conservative
Steven Pincus, University of Chicago
(now at Yale University)

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Saturday, October 19, 1996
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Annabel Patterson

Milton and Politics Again
Annabel Patterson, Yale University (now emerita)

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Saturday, May 4, 1996
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Michael Murrin

A Wood in the Desert, Paradise Regained: The Shifting Boundaries of Geographical Knowledge and the Virtues of the New Ignorance
Michael Murrin, University of Chicago

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Saturday, February 24, 1996
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Stephen Fallon

Milton’s “Peculiar Grace”
Stephen Fallon, University of Notre Dame

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Saturday, October 21, 1995
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: John King

Ecclesiastical Satire in Milton’s Poetry
John King, Ohio State University

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Saturday, May 20, 1995
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Achsah Guibbory

Idolatry and the Reconfiguration of Worship
Achsah Guibbory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Saturday, February 18, 1995
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Jason Rosenblatt

Eve, Paradise, and the “Field of This World”
Jason Rosenblatt, Georgetown University

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Saturday, October 29, 1994
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: David Norbrook

How Republican Is Paradise Lost?
David Norbrook, Magdalene College, University of Oxford (now emeritus)

Saturday, May 21, 1994
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Christopher Kendrick

Anachronism in Lycidas
Christopher Kendrick, Loyola University Chicago

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Saturday, February 19, 1994
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Sharon Achinstein

Paradise Lost and the Parliament of Hell: Allegory and Anti-Allegory in the English Revolution
Sharon Achinstein, Northwestern University

Saturday, October 9, 1993
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Stella Revard

Hercules in Motion
Stella Revard, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (now emerita)

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Saturday, May 15, 1993
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: James Nohrnberg

Paradise Lost as a Re-beginning of Narrative
James Nohrnberg, University of Virginia

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Saturday, February 20, 1993
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Peter Lindenbaum

Publishing Milton
Peter Lindenbaum, Indiana University

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Saturday, October 24, 1992
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Mary Ann Radzinowicz

“Tendentious Purposes”: Milton and Freud on Moses
Mary Ann Radzinowicz, Cornell University

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Saturday, May 16, 1992
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Albert C. Labriola

Milton’s Eve and the Cult of Elizabeth I
Albert C. Labriola, Duquesne University

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Saturday, February 15, 1992
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Michael Wilding

Milton’s Poems (1645) and the Proper Subject of Poetry
Michael Wilding, University of Sydney

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Saturday, December 7, 1991
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Michael Lieb

Rending the Body: Milton and Violence
Michael Lieb, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Saturday, October 12, 1991
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Michael Schoenfeldt

The Conduct of Desire in Paradise Lost
Michael Schoenfeldt, University of Michigan

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Saturday, May 18, 1991
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Barbara Kiefer Lewalski

Milton: Divine Revelation and the Poetics of Experience
Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, Harvard University (now emerita)

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Saturday, March 16, 1991
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Robin Grey

The Complicity of Imagination: Revisionary Resjponses to Milton in Nineteenth-Century America
Robin Grey, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Saturday, October 13, 1990
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: William Kerrigan

Gender and Confusion in Milton and Everyone Else
William Kerrigan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (now emeritus)

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Saturday, May 19, 1990
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Joseph Anthony Wittreich, Jr.

“Inspir’d with contradiction”: Mapping Gender Discourses in Paradise Lost
Joseph Anthony Wittreich, Jr., The Graduate Center, CUNY

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Saturday, March 17, 1990
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Thomas Corns

“So thirsty after Fame”: Milton in 1649
Thomas Corns, Bangor University

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Saturday, October 14, 1989
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Mario De Cesare

Milton’s Revisionary Epic
Mario Di Cesare, State University of New York at Binghamton (now emeritus)

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Saturday, May 13, 1989
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Regina Schwartz

Through the Optic Glass: Milton and Voyeurism
Regina Schwartz, Duke University
(now at Northwestern University)

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Saturday, October 22, 1988
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Stanley Fish

Bringing the House Down: Spectacle and Evidence in Samson Agonistes
Stanley Fish, Duke University
(now University of Illinois at Chicago

Saturday, September 24, 1988
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Cedric Brown

Some Matters of Ethos and Audience in the Poetry of John Milton
Cedric Brown, University of Reading

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Saturday, May 21, 1988
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Joan Blythe

The Sin of the Tongue
Joan Blythe, University of Kentucky (now emerita)

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Saturday, February 27, 1988
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Janel Mueller

Embodying Glory: The Apocalyptic Strain in Milton’s Of Reformation
Janel Mueller, University of Chicago (now emerita)

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Saturday, October 10, 1987
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: John Rumrich

Uninventing Milton
John Rumrich, University of Texas at Austin

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Monday, March 16, 1987
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: David Loewenstein

Iconoclasm and History: From Eikonoklastes to Samson Agonistes
David Loewenstein, Loyola University Chicago
(now at University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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Saturday, February 21, 1987
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: James Grantham Turner

The Poetics of Masculinity: From the Divorce Tracts to Paradise Lost
James Grantham Turner, University of Michigan
(now at University of California, Berkeley)

Saturday, October 11, 1986
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: Stephen Fallon

Milton and Hobbes: Sacred War as Philosophical Battle
Stephen Fallon, University of Notre Dame

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Saturday, May 17, 1986
Milton Seminar
Milton Seminar: John Shawcross

Interferences of the Self: Mother Fixation and Milton’s Life and Work
John Shawcross, University of Kentucky

Friday, April 22, 1983 to Saturday, April 23, 1983
Milton Seminar
Conference on John Milton: The Writer and His Milieu

Sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for the Humanities and organized by Michael Lieb, University of Illinois at Chicago

Friday, April 22, at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Welcome

Robert Remini, UIC Institute for the Humanities
Richard Brown, The Newberry Library