Samla Studies in Milton: Essays on John Milton and His Works

Samla Studies in Milton: Essays on John Milton and His Works

Samla Studies in Milton: Essays on John Milton and His Works

Samla Studies in Milton: Essays on John Milton and His Works

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This volume is a regional product prepared by members of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association to advance the world-wide appreciation of Milton's works and to make better known the scholarly achievements of the universities of the southeastern United States. The remarkable efflorescence of education in that area during the twentieth century, particularly during the past twenty-five years, bears fruit in such a collection as this one. But to call this movement a product of a "cultural Renaissance" in the South would be false, for it represents a continuation of the long-established academic tradition of such States as Virginia and North Carolina, in combination with a pioneer growth of the highest levels of education in such a state as Florida.

The principle of regionalism as a prime basis for these studies may be justified from parallels in the works of Milton himself. In Scripture he discovered that God particularly favored the land of Canaan, and in history, that heaven was "in a peculiar manner propitious and propending" toward the realm of England. Milton thus recognized the fact that particular regions and peoples sometimes make distinctive advances. He not only chose to write his major poems in what in the seventeenth century was a regional language-- English--but also wrote histories of such special areas as Britain and Muscovy. In short, he was himself a regionalist; and as such, he would have acknowledged the validity of an anthology representative of South Atlantic scholarship.

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