Theatrical Milton: A Fresh Study



Milton Revealed takes great pleasure in announcing the publication of a major development in its field by one of its principal contributors, Brendan Prawdzik, who created the site's bibliography on Milton and Theatricality, which has been one of its most visited items. Here are the details of the publication:


Theatrical Milton: Politics and Poetics of the Staged Body

Brendan Prawdzik

Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Renaissance Culture    Copyright Date: 2017   Published by: Edinburgh University Press    Pages: 256 Stable URL:    ISBN: 978-1-4744-2102-7

Theatrical Milton  Book Description:

Theatrical Milton brings coherence to the presence of theatre in John Milton through the concept of theatricality. In this book, 'theatricality' identifies a discursive field entailing the rhetorical strategies and effects of framing a given human action, including speech and writing, as an act of theatre. Political and theological cultures in seventeenth-century England developed a treasury of representational resources in order to stage, to satirize and, above all, to de-legitimate-rhetors of politics, religion, and print. At the core of Milton's works is a contradictory relation to theatre that has neither been explained nor properly explored. This book changes the terms of scholarly discussion and discovers how the social structures of theatre afforded Milton resources for poetic and polemical representation and uncovers the precise contours of Milton's interest in theatre and drama.The focus is on rhetoric and representation while employing thick historical contextualization and selected theory. The book examines Milton's theatricality in the contexts of rhetorical culture, gender and anti-theatricality, popular literatures of the early 1640s, paradigms of worship, optics and horticulture, and the Quaker body in print and visual culture. This study demonstrates how theatricality cuts across Milton's genres.