Postgraduate Course: Paradise Lost (ENLI11249)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course offers you the opportunity to read (slowly) one of the world's great books. It will introduce you to the most important formal aspects of Milton's Paradise Lost, its key ethical and political concerns, and the context in which it was written. It begins by exploring the role Milton creates for the reader by examining its poetic and rhetorical techniques as well as its response to the conventions of classical epic and to scriptural sources.
The poem's vision of God and of human nature -- including, most controversially, the differences between men and women ' will be considered along with its core philosophical preoccupations with evil, free will, and self-determination. But Milton was also a political revolutionary, an outspoken defender of the regicide that concluded the civil war and of the republican government that followed in the 1650s. We'll consider how this context, along with the collapse of Milton's hopes at the Restoration, affects Paradise Lost's account of obedience and rebellion, justice and injustice, and liberty. At the end of the course, you should have become a confident reader of the whole poem and understand some of the most significant critical debates it has elicited.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||one 4000 word essay
||Detailed written feedback will be provided on the assessment, and further oral follow-up feedback from the course organiser will be available for anyone who would like it.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of 'Paradise Lost'.
- Students should also be able to demonstrate understanding of the major critical debates produced by the poem.
- Students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the poem's cultural context.
- Students should be able to undertake independent critical analysis of 'Paradise Lost'.
- Students should be able to demonstrate advanced critical awareness of the primary text and its interpretive debates
Milton, Paradise Lost, ed. Gordon Teskey, 2nd Norton Critical Edition (2020).
Achinstein, Sharon. Milton and the Revolutionary Reader (Princeton, 1994).
Belsey, Catherine. John Milton: language, gender, power. (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988)
Corns, Thomas N. A New Companion to Milton (Oxford, 2016).
Danielson Dennis (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Milton, 2nd edn. (Cambridge, 1999).
Dobranski, Stephen. Reading John Milton: How to Persist in Troubled Times (Stanford 2022).
Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in 'Paradise Lost' (1967; 2nd edn. Cambridge, Mass., 1997).
Forsyth, Neil. The Satanic Epic (Princeton, 2003).
Herman, Peter C. Destabilizing Milton: 'Paradise Lost' and the Poetics of Incertitude (New York and Basingstoke, 2005).
Herman, Peter C. and Elizabeth Sauer (eds). The New Milton Criticism (Cambridge, 2012).
McDowell, Nicholas and Nigel Smith (eds). Oxford Handbook of Milton (Oxford, 2011).
Poole, William. Milton and the making of Paradise Lost (Harvard, 2017).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||As an outcome of having studied this course, students will have developed their personal and professional skills commensurate with the range of SCQF Level 11 characteristics:
Knowledge and understanding: through their reading and discussion of the course material, students will have had the opportunity to demonstrate critical literary analysis in relation both to the primary text and in relation to the critical debates it has produced
Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding: in their work for class discussion, presentations and formal assessment tasks, students will have applied their reading of the primary text and secondary sources so as to develop critical arguments about the course material;
Generic Cognitive Skills: in completing their assessed coursework and class presentations, students will have practiced identifying, defining, conceptualising and analysing complex problems and issues that are relevant both to this specific work but also more broadly to the critical study of literature;
Communication: through class discussion and presentation and through the work undertaken in their Autonomous Learning Groups, students will have demonstrated the ability to communicate ideas and information to an informed audience of their peers;
Autonomy and Working with Others: students will also have shown the capacity to work independently and in small groups on designated tasks. They will have demonstrated the ability to support each other by sharing and developing ideas with their peers, and by taking responsibility for the reporting, analysis and defence of these ideas to a larger group.
|Course organiser||Dr Dermot Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)50 3618
|Course secretary||Mrs Lina Gordyshevskaya