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“Perfected Knowledge:” Milton’s Crisis in the Humanities

Recently, Nicholas Kristof’s NY Times column sounded a clarion call to lure professors out of their ivory towers and into the public realm. Kristof professes alarm that academics have “marginalized themselves” by becoming increasingly specialized, and by participating in a … Continue reading

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John Milton, Poetry Genius

Milton rewards close reading. Readers have known this for centuries. For my money, Jonathan Richardson said it best in 1734: A reader of Milton must be Always upon Duty; he is Surrounded with Sense, it rises in every Line, every … Continue reading

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Milton On Shakespeare: All Those Monuments

What needs my Shakespeare for his honored bones, The labor of an age in piled stones, Or that his hallowed relics should be hid Under a star-ypointing pyramid?                                                        – Milton, “On Shakespeare” (1-4)*   In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday … Continue reading

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I’d Rather You Didn’t

Colin Burrow begins his review of the Oxford Complete Works editions of De Doctrina Christiana (edited by John Hale) and The Shorter Poems (edited by Barbara Lewalski and Estelle Haan), by stating that the “one key question” remaining after the 2008 … Continue reading

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Ceci n’est pas une Manifesto

Sometimes the best conversations at an academic conference are those that spill over into the hallways and finish early the next morning at the lobby bar. Often, these impromptu groups become host to those rare chain reactions that produce the … Continue reading

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