English professor receives top award for Milton book

December 02, 2009

Laura Knoppers, professor of English in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts, recently received The John T. Shawcross Award, given by the Milton Society of America for her 2008 book, "The Complete Works of John Milton, Volume II: The 1671 Poems: Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes," published by Oxford University Press.

The award is given to a distinguished edition of Milton’s works. Bringing together literary criticism, historical bibliography and religious, political and print history, the book offers a definitive scholarly edition of John Milton's "Paradise Regain'd" and "Samson Agonistes" and is based on extensive collation of the 1671 and 1680 volumes.
A discussion of Milton's bold transformation of classical epic and tragedy provides literary historical context. This edition also breaks new ground by including materials on early owners and readers, who actively shaped the texts with corrections, annotations and references to biblical and classical sources.
Knoppers has published widely on John Milton and on 17th century British visual culture, politics, religion and literature. Her books include "Historicizing Milton: Spectacle, Power, and Poetry in Restoration England" (1994) and "Constructing Cromwell: Ceremony, Portrait, and Print, 1645-1661" (2000). She has edited volumes on Milton in popular culture, on Puritanism, on political uses of the monstrous in early modern Europe and, most recently, on early modern women’s writing.  Her current work includes editing The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution.


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