British Milton Seminar, 21 March 2020: Programme

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Saturday 21 March 2020

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

11.00-12.30

Vladimir Brljak (Durham), ‘Milton and the Space Age: Premodern Universes and Modern Readers’;

Tessa Parslow (Exeter), ‘“A Meet and Happy Conversation”: Milton and Divorce in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre’.

2.00-4.00

Claire Bourne (Pennsylvania State) and Jason Scott-Warren (Cambridge), ‘Reading Milton Reading Shakespeare’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

 

9th Annual Milton Lecture: ‘Milton’s Readers: Fit Audience though Few?’, 19 February 2020

The Friends of Milton’s Cottage are pleased to present:

9th Annual Milton Lecture

‘Milton’s Readers: Fit Audience though Few?’

Professor Hugh Adlington, University of Birmingham

Poets, politicians, artists, musicians and even scientists have been inspired by Milton’s writing, and in numbers far exceeding the ‘few’ Milton himself anticipated. 

Why Milton has mattered so much to so many for so long – and continues to do so – is the subject of this lecture, which also looks at the intriguing story of Milton’s ordinary or non-elite readers. 

It will present fresh archival evidence of the remarkable and often unexpected cultural reach of Milton’s art and thought.

6 pm, Wednesday 19 February 2020

Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, EC2V 8HE (Tube: St Paul’s or Bank)

Wine & canapes served; suggested donation £10 / £5 for students.

Reservation essential: Call 01895 831774 or email keith@hughhighley.org.uk

Milton lecture poster 2020 can be downloaded here.

The Canada Milton Seminar XV, 24-25 April 2020

The Center for Reformation & Renaissance Studies, with the Department of English and the Canada Research Chair Program
present
Canada Milton Seminar XV
Friday-Saturday 24-25 April 2020.
Victoria College, University of Toronto
Speakers:
David Scott Kastan (Yale University): ‘Milton’s Shakespeare’
Stephen Dobranski (Chicago State University): ‘Milton and the Poetry of Disaster’
David Loewenstein (Penn State University): ‘Tyrannical Powers: Conceptualizing Tyranny in Milton and Winstanley’
Jessica Wolfe (University of North Carolina): ‘Milton, Chapman, and Homeric Rites’
Other speakers include:
Jason Peters, (Booth University College)
Yulia Ryzhik (University of Toronto Scarborough)
Shaun Ross (Victoria College, University of Toronto)
Andrea Walkden (Queen’s College, CUNY)
For registration and details visit: crrs.ca/milton2020
For more information:
crrs@vicu.utoronto.ca
paul.stevens@utoronoto.ca

British Milton Seminar, 19 October 2019: Programme

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Saturday 19 October 2019

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Programme:

11:00-12:30

Richard Kenton Webb (RCA, Painting), ‘Light / Dark Contrast: Contemporary Drawings Inspired by Paradise Lost’;

Jillian Luke (Edinburgh), ‘Love’s proper hue: Blushing in Paradise Lost’.

14:00-16:00

Thomas M. Vozar (Exeter), ‘Milton’s “Sublime Art”, the Problem of Enthusiasm, and the Politics of Longinian Rhetoric’;

Caitlin Rankin-McCabe (Durham), ‘Ineffable angels in John Milton’s Paradise Lost’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

British Milton Seminar, 19 October 2019: Programme

BMS 60

Saturday 19 October 2019

Venue: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston campus (Rodney Hilton Library: Room 335, Arts Building) – please below for directions.

There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

Programme:

11:00-12:30

Richard Kenton Webb (RCA, Painting), ‘Light / Dark Contrast: Contemporary Drawings Inspired by Paradise Lost’;

Jillian Luke (Edinburgh), ‘Love’s proper hue: Blushing in Paradise Lost’.

14:00-16:00

Thomas M. Vozar (Exeter), ‘Milton’s “Sublime Art”, the Problem of Enthusiasm, and the Politics of Longinian Rhetoric’;

Caitlin Rankin-McCabe (Durham), ‘Ineffable angels in John Milton’s Paradise Lost’.

Directions

The Rodney Hilton Library (Room 335) is on the third floor of the Arts Building on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

For directions to the Edgbaston campus, please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/contact/directions/getting-here-edgbaston.aspx

For a map of the Edgbaston campus (the Arts Building is marked as R16), please see: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/university/edgbaston-campus-map.pdf

For further information about the British Milton Seminar, please contact either:

Professor Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) or Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk).

Hugh Adlington and Sarah M. Knight (Co-convenors)

Milton Society of America, Call for Papers, RSA Philadelphia, 2-4 April 2020

The Milton Society of America seeks panels and papers for our sessions at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. As an Associate Organization, the MSA may submit up to four guaranteed sessions.

Philadelphia will be the site of the Milton Society’s 2020 annual dinner, which moves to RSA on a three-year trial basis. Details will be announced late this year.

Proposals covering any aspect of Milton studies will be given full consideration, but especially desirable are those considering Milton’s writings alongside these topics:

  • media change
  • justice
  • ends of history
  • the nation in world order

Panels must be organized by a current member of the MSA. Required are the following:

  • a session title of no more than 15 words;
  • a 1-2 page description of the panel;
  • an abstract of 1-2 pages for each of its papers;
  • a 150-word version of each paper abstract;
  • a list of audio-visual requests, if any, and session keywords; and
  • 300-word curricula vitae for the panel organizer and presenters, including full names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses.

Papers may be submitted by both members and non-members of the MSA. Required are the following:

  • an abstract of 1-2 pages
  • a condensed abstract of 150 words;
  • a title of no more than fifteen words;
  • audio-visual requirements, if any, and a list of keywords; and
  • a 300-word curriculum vitae.

Please send all materials to current president John Rumrich and secretary Feisal Mohamed via email (fmohamed@gc.cuny.edu). The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2019. All participants in the Philadelphia conference must be members of the Renaissance Society of America.

BMS Autumn Meeting 2019: Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Autumn 2019 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held in Birmingham on Saturday 19 October 2019.

Venue: TBC.  There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm, and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm.

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Professor Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk) and/or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.ukby no later than 31 August 2019.

Hugh Adlington and Sarah Knight

Joint Conveners

The Canada Milton Seminar XIV, 10-11 May 2019

The Canada Research Chair Program, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and Department of English at the University of Toronto present the Canada Milton Seminar XIVMay 10-11, 2019.

Speakers include Ian Balfour, Achsah Gubbory, Hannibal Hamlin, John Rogers, David Adkins, Sam Fallon, Lynne Greenberg, and Jan Purnis.

For programme details and to register please visit crrs.ca/CMS2019

Facebook event

For further information, please contact:

Paul Stevens at paul.stevens@utoronto.ca

or Natalie Oeltjen at crrs@vicu.utoronto.ca

 

 

 

 

Budapest Milton Seminar, 11 March 2019

The first session of the Budapest Milton Seminar will take place in Room 104 of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Károli Gáspár University, from 6:00 p.m. on 11 March, 2019.

Alison A. Chapman, “Milton and the Baptists: The Immersive Religion of Paradise Regained.”

Abstract

Critical readings of John Milton’s brief epic Paradise Regained have typically focused on its ambiguous ending when the Son of God stands miraculously atop the pinnacle of the Temple while Satan falls. This paper, instead, centers on the poem’s beginning and specifically on Milton’s decision to open with a depiction of full-body baptism in running water. This was a heretical practice in the early modern world, one associated with radical groups such as the Baptists and Anabaptists. By choosing to begin his poem with the Son’s immersion in the River Jordan, Milton reinforces views he expresses in De Doctrina Christiana, his unpublished theological masterwork, and he also offers a controversial vision of the true church.

For more information, see: https://bdpstmiltonseminar.wixsite.com/bms1