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Milton on Tragedy: Law, Hypallage and Participation

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Abstract: John Milton (1608-1674) is not known as one of the great English tragedians. In this talk, though, I will argue that the epistemological and ontological conventions of tragedy exert a negative presence on Milton’s thought and poetry from the first, structuring his encounter with Platonism and the development of his idiosyncratic theology. In three of his earliest poems, preoccupations with law, language, and participation emerge that, taken together, help us to understand why, how, and to what ends both law and tragedy became dominant presences in his late masterpieces.

This talk is part of the Queens' Arts Seminar series.

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