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“Learning after Athens: Equity, Grace, and Prophecy in Milton’s Paradise Regained”, Deni Kasa
Time: 14:40 to 16:00, Thursday 23 January 2020.
Location: G 160
Learning after Athens: Equity, Grace, and Prophecy in Milton’s Paradise Regained
Although Milton’s poetry is now understood to be republican, Paradise Regained poses a problem: it rejects Athenian learning in favour of the prophetic inspiration of the Holy Spirit. On this evidence, criticism has increasingly associated Milton with antinomian radicals who opposed humanism and republicanism.
I argue that notwithstanding the rejection of Athens, Paradise Regained approaches prophecy through the concept of equity—an interpretive paradigm derived from Cicero and Aristotle. Milton transforms prophecy into a form of equitable interpretation. In so doing, he demonstrates how Protestant theology in this period could be co-opted to support nationalist and republican understandings of the citizen.
Deni Kasa holds a PhD from the University of Toronto (2017) and is currently an Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellow at Tel Aviv University. He has three peer-reviewed articles either already published in or forthcoming from major journals, all AHCI indexed (Renaissance and Reformation, Modern Philology, and Milton Quarterly). He is completing a book project on the concept of grace in early modern England and intends to send a book proposal to publishers in early 2020.