Milton, toleration, and nationhood / Elizabeth Sauer, Brock University.
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
1 online resource (236 p.)
- Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Political and social views.
Milton, John, 1608-1674 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Nationalism -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Nationalism in literature.
Nationalism and literature.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1603-1714.
- Electronic books.
- "John Milton lived at a time when English nationalism became entangled with principles and policies of cultural, religious, and ethnic tolerance. Combining political theory with close readings of key texts, this study examines how Milton's polemical and imaginative prose intersects with representations of English Protestant nationhood. Through detailed case studies of Milton's works, Elizabeth Sauer charts the fluctuating narrative of Milton's literary engagements in relation to social, political, and philosophical themes such as ecclesiology, exclusionism, Irish alterity, natural law, disestablishment, geography, and intermarriage. In so doing, Sauer shows the extent to which nationhood and toleration can be subjected to literary and historicist inquiry. Her study makes a salient contribution to Milton studies and to scholarship on Early Modern literature and the development of the early nation-state"-- Provided by publisher.
- Machine generated contents note: Note on editions; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. 'Temple-worke': Milton's Literary ecclesiology; 2. Reduction: civilizing conquests in Ireland; 3. Natural law: Milton's post-revolutionary Defences of England; 4. Disestablishment: divorce of church and state; 5. Geography: spatial poetics; 6. Exogamy: 'entercourse' with philistines; Epilogue.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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