Topics


The role of poetry in shaping world-views; the epic and other poetic genres; theology; sexuality; education; science; architecture and aesthetics.

 

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Objectives


Students who successfully complete this subject will have a detailed understanding of Paradise Lost, as well as a working knowledge of other poetic works by John Milton and some of his contemporaries. Students should also have acquired familiarity with the social, cultural, and political contexts of Milton’s literary writing, and will have developed their own critical readings of Paradise Lost in relation to the main currents of criticism on one of the most celebrated poetic works in the English language

 

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Organisation


Seminars

 

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Assessment


Assessment is by 100% coursework, consisting of:

Papers and presentations

There is also a hurdle attendance requirement.

Time management plays a key role in successful university study. Students need to keep in mind that as well as scheduled contact hours for lectures, tutorials and seminars, considerable additional time is needed to complete the academic requirements of each subject.

This course requires a minimum of 8 hours total time commitment a week (3 contact hours; and 5 hours spent for class preparation, reading, and assessment-related tasks.

 

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Texts


John Milton’s Paradise Lost (Penguin Classics).

A range of contextual and critical material will be made available in class.

 

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Last updated: 16 July 2019