Spring 2020 Undergraduate English Courses: Seminars

358:434 Seminar: John Milton and the Bible

01  TF3  CAC  28141  FULTON  MU-111

John Milton and the Bible 

Arguably the greatest single event in the history of English literature was the translation and printing of the Bible in English. This seminar will investigate the complex relationship between the Bible and one of the foremost writers of English, John Milton. Milton is the author of several works that expand, interpret, and even rewrite the Bible, among them Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. Like many other writers in English, he also translated many psalms and wrote poems that alluded to biblical problems and themes. He also wrote prose works that relied on close readings of the biblical text. We will examine closely the nature of the translation of the biblical text into works of literature, and consider the significance of various modes of allusion, interpretation, and social polemic.

Requirements: Occasional quizzes, several short response papers and one long
(12 page) seminar paper. Attendance and participation are mandatory.

Texts: Available at Barnes and Noble at Rutgers, 100 Somerset St.

The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, ed. by Rumrich, Fallon, et al.

The Bible: King James Version (1611).