Milton and the Idea of the Sublime in the Seventeenth Century

Though Milton has always been spoken of in terms of sublimity, scholarship has never fully considered the idea of the sublime in relation to Milton’s work, no doubt because the sublime has long been perceived as a largely post-Miltonic concept first formulated in the context of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory. This doctoral research project, funded by an Exeter International Excellence Scholarship for Postgraduate Research, reexamines the evidence and argues that Milton formed an idea of the sublime from his reading of not only Longinus but various rhetorical, scientific, and theological works, an idea that profoundly informed his poetry and prose.


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Physical Sublimity in Paradise Lost
Apr 2, 2020 12:00 PM
Froben’s Ciceroniana: Humanism and the Printshop in Sixteenth-Century Basel
Oct 3, 2019 12:00 PM
Milton’s Prolusions and Scholasticism at Cambridge, 1625–1632
Sep 5, 2019 3:00 PM
Milton, Enthusiasm, and the Sublime
Jun 17, 2019 4:15 PM
Mapping Early Modern Book Ownership: Longinus in English Private Libraries to 1674
Jun 13, 2019 9:30 AM
The Sublime in the Seventeenth Century: New Bibliographical and Manuscript Research on Longinus in the Age of Milton
Apr 18, 2019 3:00 PM
The Politics of the Pre-Aesthetic Sublime in Seventeenth-Century England
Jun 13, 2018 11:00 AM
Blank Space in the Lansdowne Longinus
May 24, 2018 10:30 AM
Anaxagoras on the Human Hand
Apr 18, 2015 11:30 AM