The Spring semester is winding down, and this year’s class, focusing on issues of fate and free will, has started what may be the seeds of something larger. Students selected four passages from Book 9 of Paradise Lost, then picked out specific sections of each passage for discussion. Four students recorded readings of each passage, to help others in working their way through it. The rest recorded brief podcast discussions of specific sections, discussing their meaning and significance in relation to the larger work and to our fate/free will course topic.
Clicking on a link in the text itself will open up one of these podcasts.
I’m not aware of podcast annotation prior to this point for this poem; we’re breaking new ground here, so I am very interested in getting feedback about the usefulness of the Podcast Project. I am also interested in potential expansions of the project. There’s a lot of poem left and a lot of room for people discussing meaning and significance from a variety of different contexts and foci.
Podcasts will be posted shortly. Until we sort out some glitches with our WordPress theme, the easiest way to get to them will be the side menu, on the right of your screen. I welcome feedback, be it in the form of suggestions for improvement, indications of utility, or volunteers for further work! Get in touch via my ua.edu address, found here: http://english.ua.edu/user/37
On Friday April 27th, the Spring 2012 Milton class will conduct a marathon reading of Paradise Lost in the Pearce lobby of Gorgas Library. We’ll begin reading at 8 AM and continue until we’re finished, most likely sometime around 5 PM. Everyone is welcome to join us, either to listen or to read.
Here are the speakers coming to campus this spring who may be of interest to members of our class. Steve Fallon will be joining us in class on March 5th. Links provided to bios of the professors in question.
February 27th (Monday): Heather Dubrow
5 PM lecture
“‘Wanting form’?: New Approaches to the Early Modern Epithalamium and Other Poetry”
February 28th (Tuesday): Heather Dubrow poetry reading
March 5th (Monday): Steve Fallon
March 6th (Tuesday): 5 PM lecture
“‘Inspired with Contradiction’: John Milton’s Conflicting Certainties”
March 26th (Monday): Ken Hiltner
5 PM lecture
“Putting Milton in the Cloud: The Milton Society Digital Edition Project”
April 5th (Thursday): Nigel Smith
5 PM lecture
“Andrew Marvell’s Sense of Humor”
April 16th (Monday): Elizabeth Sauer
5 PM lecture
“Milton, Spain, and Latin America: The Scale of Toleration”
April 23rd (Monday): Maggie Kilgour
5 PM lecture
“Much Ado About Hecuba: Shakespeare and the Fall of Troy”
The Tuscaloosa tornado provided an abrupt ending to the 2011 semester. In part as a result of that tornado, only one of the essays selected from the 2011 class for the research library was submitted. I do not anticipate repeating the “Parents and Children” theme, or at least not for quite some time.
2012′s class will be afforded some unique opportunities, which I will post here soon.
The 2011 class will be doing a reading of Milton’s Paradise Regained at Green Bar in Tuscaloosa. Two readings will be done, on Monday April 25th and Tuesday April 26th starting at 7 PM. The April 25th reading will be open to anyone 19 or older.
The students of the Spring 2010 Milton class will put on a panel discussion of Milton and marriage on Wednesday, April 28th from 3-5 PM. The event will take place in 300 Mortar Board Room in the Ferguson Center.
The Spring 2010 version of EN 335 is now underway. Our main topic this semester is “Men & Women,” concentrating on how Milton explores or configures relationships between men and women in his writing, as well as considering his views on marriage specifically. Key figures will include Adam and Eve, Samson and Dalilah, Comus and the Lady, Satan/Sin/Death, and Mary and Jesus in Paradise Regained.
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Each year, I will add the best 20% or so of student papers to an Edifice reading library, so that students in future years can draw upon this past work for research purposes. See the Research Library page for more information.
Joined by a few colleagues and several professors from the English Department, the students of EN 335 successfully completed a reading of Paradise Lost in approximately nine hours time (starting at 8 AM). Thanks to everyone who participated, and to the teachers who offered extra credit to encourage their students to attend.
On Friday May 1, beginning at 8 AM and continuing until the poem is finished, the students of EN 335 (Milton) will be conducting a marathon reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost in the Pearce Foyer of Gorgas Library (second floor). Additional copies of the poem will be available; people are free to join in the reading for as brief or as long a period as they like. Stop by and listen to some of the most beautiful poetry in the English language!
The students (and any guest readers) will be reading all 10,367 of the 1671 edition of Paradise Lost aloud. The reading is partly in honor of Milton’s 400th birthday, but also in celebration of the vibrancy and language of his poem. All are welcome to come listen or to join in and read as much or as little as they like.