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Title: Milton and the Idea of the University
Authors: Knight, Sarah Marie
First Published: Jan-2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Knight, SM, Milton and the Idea of the University, 'Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642', Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 135-158 (23)
Abstract: This study of Milton's representation of academic experience looks particularly at his Latin Prolusions, orations delivered while a student at Cambridge during the late 1620s and early 1630s. The Prolusions blend speculative, satirical, and expository writing, collectively marked by mastery of rhetorical technique and unevenness of tone from speech to speech. Here Milton first discusses the proper management of a young man's education, and the university's function (or not) as a stimulating context for personal development. A comparison of these early discussions with Milton's other depictions of Cambridge in the Latin elegies, and also with his imaginary academies created in Of Education and Paradise Regained furnish an informative position developed over an extended period of time.
DOI Link: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698707.003.0006
ISBN: 9780199698707
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Chapter
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. This material was originally published in Young Milton: The Emerging Author, 1620-1642 edited by Jones, E, and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press For permission to reuse this material, please visit
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