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Milton, toleration, and nationhood

Milton, toleration, and nationhood

Sauer, Elizabeth, 1964- author

This study examines how Milton's polemical and imaginative prose intersects with representations of English Protestant nationhood. John Milton lived at a time when English nationalism became entangled with principles and policies of cultural, religious, and ethnic tolerance. Combining political theory with close readings of key texts, this study examines how Milton's polemical and imaginative literature intersects with representations of English Protestant nationhood. Through detailed case studies of Milton's works, Elizabeth Sauer charts the fluctuating narrative of Milton's literary engagements in relation to social, political, and philosophical themes such as ecclesiology, exclusionism, Irish alterity, natural law, disestablishment, geography, and intermarriage. In so doing, Sauer shows the extent to which nationhood and toleration can be subjected to literary and historicist inquiry. Her study makes a salient contribution to Milton studies and to scholarship on early modern literature and the development of the early nation-state

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Published New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Statement of responsibility: Elizabeth Sauer
ISBN: 1139893475, 9781139893473
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-212) and index.
Physical Description: ix, 223 pages
Subject: Milton, John, 1608-1674 Criticism and interpretation.; Nationalism England History 17th century.; Politics and literature Great Britain History 17th century.; Literary studies: general; Protestantism and literature History 17th century.; Ireland; Literature; English; Literary studies: poetry & poets; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Toleration in literature.; Nationalism and literature England History 17th century.; Literature: history & criticism; Nationalism in literature.; Milton, John, 1608-1674 Political and social views.; Great Britain Politics and government 1603-1714.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107041943