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“Why Milton Is Not a Religious Writer”
Professor Stephen M. Fallon (University of Notre Dame)

To launch the Brisbane Milton Symposium, Professor Stephen Fallon will deliver a public lecture entitled “Why Milton Is Not a Religious Writer”.

It might seem perverse to claim that one of the greatest Christian poets in history is not a religious writer. Milton left us, after all, not one but two biblical epics in addition to his “dearest and best possession”, a massive doctrinal treatise. But Milton’s frequent descriptions of himself clash sharply not only with the reported religious experience of his contemporaries but also with the theological principles that Milton himself articulates in Paradise Lost and elsewhere.

Where: Duchesne College, University of Queensland
When: Thursday 14 August 2008, 6.00 – 7.30 pm.  
Refreshments will be served after the lecture.
Please note that seating is limited. RSVP to Cathy Squirrell by email or phone (07 3365 2593).

Stephen Fallon is visiting the School of English, Media Studies and Art History from 8 to 21 August as the annual S. W. Brooks Visiting Fellow in English. Professor Fallon is a leading expert on John Milton, and on the literature and thought of his age. The author of Milton among the Philosophers: Poetry and Materialism in Seventeenth-Century England (Cornell University Press, 1991), which won the Milton Society of America’s Hanford Award, he has also published Milton’s Peculiar Grace: Self-Representation and Authority (Cornell University Press, 2007), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. With William Kerrigan and John Rumrich, he has also edited The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton (Modern Library, 2007). Stephen Fallon has won two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has been a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. He holds degrees from Princeton University, McGill University, and the University of Virginia.

For further information about the public lecture, please contact Dr Peter Holbrook by email or phone (07 3365 3215).

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