Class of 1978 Pavilion in the Kislak Center
6th Floor of Van-Pelt Library
We will be welcoming David Loewenstein for a talk entitled: “On Making and Publishing Paradise Lost: The New Oxford Edition and the Poem’s Early Publishing History.” David writes:
This seminar will address the new Oxford University Press edition of Paradise Lost, a unique modern edition that brings together, for the first time, the 1667 and 1674 texts of the great poem. The seminar will also consider the history of publishing the poem in Milton’s lifetime, as Paradise Lost evolved from ten to twelve books and as Milton’s cultural authority was constructed and established in the great folio edition of 1688.
David Loewenstein is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and the Humanities at Penn State-University Park. He has published widely on Milton and on politics and religion in early modern English literature and culture. His book Treacherous Faith: The Specter of Heresy in Early Modern English Literature and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2013) examines the construction of heresy and heretics from More to Milton. He is the editor of John Milton, Prose: Major Writings on Liberty, Politics, Religion, and Education (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and coeditor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2015). With Thomas Corns, he is editing Paradise Lost for the Oxford University Press edition of The Complete Works of John Milton. He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America.