July 6, 2011
We are seeking essays about major figures of the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries important to literary theory for the edited
anthology The Historical Contexts of Literary Theory. Extending the
work of Peter C. Herman’s Historicizing Theory (SUNY Press, 2004),
this volume seeks to contextualize the works of prominent
philosophers, psychologists, social scientists, and literary theorists
who have made significant contributions to the rise and development of
literary theory within these authors‚ biographical, cultural,
intellectual, and socio-political history. Each contribution should
include a brief overview of the major works and ideas of each author,
how those ideas developed over time and have been employed by literary
theory, an overview of the author’s biographical, cultural,
intellectual, and socio-political history, and then a reading of the
author‚s ideas as a response to this history. We do not seek essays
that either ignore history or reduce an author’s work to its
historical context: we seek essays that approach an author’s work as
an engagement with and response to that history. We seek essays on
figures from Marx and Freud to the present but are open to proposals
on earlier figures.
Brief CVs and 500 word abstracts should be emailed in Word or .rtf
format to James Rovira by November 1st, 2011.
James Rovira, Tiffin University
Sherry Truffin, Campbell University
PS If you are a Restoration/18thC scholar and are interested in being
a co-editor for this project, please email James Rovira.
January 11, 2011
Hannibal Hamlin writes:
I’m pleased to announce the publication of Reformation 15 (2010), the first issue under my sole editorship, with Helen Parish editing the Reviews section. The issue is online at our website (http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/Reformation), and print copies should be on their way to libraries and subscribers, and generally available shortly. Contents are listed below.
Submissions are now welcome for vol. 16 (2011) on all topics related to the Reformation period. We continue to be interested in research on aspects of early modern religion, in the fields of history, literature, art history, music, theology, the history of the book, and indeed most fields, but our purview is wide. I encourage scholars to push our envelope! 2011 is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, or Authorized Version; lectures, conferences, exhibitions, television and radio programs, publications and other events will commemorate this anniversary on both sides of the Atlantic (for listings see http://www.kingjamesbibletrust.org/). Reformation thus extends a special invitation this year for submissions on early modern Bibles, Bible translation, and the literary and cultural influence of the Bible.
January 4, 2011
Catherine Martin writes:
A new and potentially groundbreaking study questioning Milton’s identity as a religious Puritan is now available from Ashgate Press (Aldershot, 2010). In Milton among the Puritans: The Case for Historical Revisionism, Catherine Gimelli Martin shows that the demise of the “Puritan Revolution” thesis about the English civil wars should cause all serious scholars to reconsider the grounds for labeling the poet a Puritan, a tradition of relatively late duration and highly dubious factuality. In addition to making this case, the book offers chapters on each of Milton’s major poems, including one on Comus, from a more literary and secular perspective than much other work to date. The book has been reviewed and highly recommended Thomas Corns and John Rogers.
January 2, 2011
Coming out in paperback this month:
Judith H. Anderson, Reading the Allegorical Intertext: Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton. New York: Fordham University Press, 2008.
February 22, 2009
Duquesne University Press has recently let us know of the following recent publications of interest:
Milton and Monotheism
by Abraham Stoll
A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton, Volume 3 (Samson Agonistes)
by Stephen B. Dobranski
Introduced by Archie Burnett
Edited by P.J. Klemp
The Development of Milton’s Thought
by John T. Shawcross
February 21, 2009
Feisal G. Mohamed has published a new book (December 2008), In the Anteroom of Divinity: The Reformation of the Angels from Colet to Milton.
In the Anteroom of Divinity focuses on the persistence of Pseudo-Dionysian angelology in England’s early modern period. Beginning with a discussion of John Colet’s commentary on Dionysisus’s twin hierarchies, Feisal G. Mohamed explores the significance of the Dionysian tradition to the conformism debate of the 1590s through works by Richard Hooker and Edmund Spenser. He then turns to John Donne and John Milton to shed light on their constructions of godly poetics, politics and devotion, and provides the most extensive study of Milton’s angelology in more than fifty years.
With new philosophical, theological, and literary insights, this work offers a contribution to intellectual history and the history of religion in critical moments of the English Reformation.
December 8, 2008
Announcing a special issue of University of Toronto Quarterly
Milton in America, edited by Paul Stevens and Patricia Simmons, offers a series of fresh new perspectives on the presence of Milton in American literature and culture. It seeks to investigate and complicate the received wisdom implicit in the old claim that ‘Milton is more emphatically American than any author who has lived in the United States.’ This important collection of seven new essays by leading international scholars from Britain, Canada, and the United States offers insight into both the ways Milton was re-shaped by his reception into American culture and, conversely, the ways the great poet’s writings often stimulated opposition to conventional American norms.
Milton in America: Introduction
Cold War Milton
Milton among the Pragmatists
Milton and the Pursuit of Happiness
Catherine Gimelli Martin
Liberty Before and After Liberalism: Milton’s Shifting Politics and the Current Crisis in Liberal Theory
Feisal G. Mohamed
Contemporary Ancestors of de Bry, Hobbes, and Milton
University of Toronto Quarterly
Acclaimed as one of the finest journals focused on the humanities, University of Toronto Quarterly is filled with serious, probing, and vigorously researched articles spanning a wide range of subjects in the humanities. Often the best insights in one field of knowledge come through cross-fertilization, where authors can apply another discipline’s ideas, concepts, and paradigms to their own disciplines. UTQ is not a journal where one philosopher speaks to another, but a place where a philosopher can speak to specialists and general readers in many other fields. This interdisciplinary approach provides a depth and quality to the journal that attracts both general readers and specialists from across the humanities.
Discover Canada’s best-kept literary secret!
Since 1936, University of Toronto Quarterly has devoted an entire issue to Letters in Canada. This annual winter issue of UTQ offers probing evaluations of work by Canadian scholars and by international scholars on Canadian issues. Not restricted by language, reviews include coverage of the year’s creative work by both established and emerging writers in poetry, fiction, drama, and translation, in both English and French. In recent years, the Letters in Canada issue has encompassed over 650 pages and featured the work of more than 200 reviewers, whose informed and thoughtful reviews provide an extensive record of current research in the humanities in Canada. The coverage is complemented with notice of work published internationally on Canadian literature, history, politics, culture, and the arts.
December 7, 2008
T. Ross Leasure writes:
I just wanted to let you know that a new on-line journal is now available, Latch: A Journal for the Study of Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History, that features three articles related to Milton studies, accesssible at www.openlatch.com. One of the pieces is my own article, “Yesterday’s Eve and Her Electric Avatar: Villiers’s Debt to Milton’s Paradise Lost.” The others include William Engel’s “John Milton’s Recourse to Old English: A Case-Study in Renaissance Lexicography,” and William Silverman’s “Paradise Lost and the Cultural Genetics of Shame, Remorse, and Guilt.”
November 24, 2008
John Milton, William Kerrigan (editor), John Rumrich (editor), Stephen Fallon (editor), The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton. Modern Library, 2007.
November 24, 2008
John Milton, William Kerrigan (editor), John Rumrich (editor), Stephen Fallon(editor), Paradise Lost. Modern Library, 2008.