BMS 53

Saturday 12 March 2016

Venue: In the Birmingham and Midland Institute. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Miklós Péti (Károli Gáspár University, Budapest), ‘Homeric Laughter in Paradise Lost

Robert Cockcroft (Nottingham), ‘The significance of smiles in Paradise Lost (with reference back to Dante and Tasso)’


Joe Wallace (Birmingham), ‘Error and the Classical Tradition in Paradise Lost

Liam Haydon (Kent), ‘Milton and the Corporation’.

The Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) was founded by Act of Parliament in 1854, for ‘the Diffusion and Advancement of Science, Literature and Art amongst all Classes of Persons resident in Birmingham and the Midland Counties,’ and continues to pursue these aims. The BMI is located in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk from Birmingham New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street railway stations:

Birmingham and Midland Institute

Margaret Street

Birmingham B3 3BS

Please follow this link for a map of the BMI’s location, and for further information about the BMI and its Library:

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

Professor Sarah Knight (, or Dr Hugh Adlington (

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