A study of the major poetry and select prose by the learned 17th-century writer John Milton. Milton composed an extraordinary range of genres. While we will be surveying the full range of these genres across his career, we will devote much of our attention to Paradise Lost, the major epic of the English language, based on the story of Genesis yet encompassing profound and still relevant reflections on liberty, rebellion, history, providence, and social hierarchies. (Course offered in alternate years.)
Prerequisite: Any 190 or 200 level literature course or permission from instructor.