Milton and Revolution - Humanities Seminars Program

Friday, October 4, 2013 - 2:00am to Friday, December 13, 2013 - 5:00am
All Humanities Seminars take place in the Humanities Seminars room in the Helen S. Schaefer Building at 1508 E. Helen Street (one block north of Speedway and one block west of Cherry Avenue).

Fridays 9:00 a.m. until noon
October 4 until December 13, 2013

John Milton was one of England’s most controversial, celebrated, and reviled writers. As the course title suggests, we will study Milton’s poetry and prose within the context of the many revolutions in which he was a major figure: revolutions in politics, theology, poetics, and philosophy. One of our goals will be to examine not only how Milton–and the culture in which he was embedded–constructed meaning but also why it is important for us to undertake such an examination. We will read works from many of the different genres in which Milton wrote: sonnets, epic (Paradise Lost), masque, polemical prose tracts, pastoral elegy, etc. We will also consider the richly generative contradictions that informed both the author’s oeuvre and his character. With careful attention to textual analysis, students will share Milton’s engagement with the complexity and versatility of language, literature, and culture.


Milton, John. The Major Works. Eds. Stephen Orgel and Jonathan Goldberg. Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN: 0199539189.

Dr. Meg Lota Brown is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in the UA English Department. She is the author or editor of three books and has also published numerous articles on Reformation politics, Renaissance literature, science, art, theology, education, and authors from Shakespeare and Donne to Christine de Pizan and Rachel Speght. Dr. Brown has received nearly every UA major teaching award, as well as recognition for her research, service, and leadership.

Cost $195.00


If you wish to register immediately by mail, please download the form below.

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Please mail the Registration Form to:

Humanities Seminars Program
Attention: Kerstin Miller
P.O. Box 210150
1508 E. Helen Street
Tucson, AZ 85721-0150

For any other registration questions, please call Kerstin Miller at (520) 626-7845 or contact our program by e-mail at


HSP will charge an administrative fee of $25.00 for early drop-outs before the second class meeting with refunds of the balance of the original tuition.