Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG303H1S L5101

ENG303H1S   L5101   T6-9
Instructor: D. Kasa

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA

Brief Description of the Course: This course is an introduction to John Milton's poetry and prose, with an emphasis on Paradise Lost. We will engage Milton's early development as a lyrical poet, some of his controversial prose writing during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum, and the mature articulation of his political and artistic ideas in Paradise Lost.
Throughout the course, we will situate Milton's writing within the historical developments of mid-17th century England. Some of the recurring problems that will guide this class are Milton's understanding of sovereignty, the relationship between literary genre and political praxis, and the role of religion in Milton's life and thought. The course will also introduce students to influential essays in Milton criticism from the past century.

Required Reading: John Milton: the Major Works, Eds. Jonathan Goldberg & Stephen Orgel Secondary criticism will be made available on Blackboard (in pdf format)

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: TBA

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