Talk by Edward Jones: “Nothing Left to Lose: Milton & Archival Discovery in the 21st Century"

October 6, 2016 - 4:30 pm

304 EPB (Gerber Lounge)

This Thursday, October 6, the English Department, the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and Philological Quarterly are sponsoring a talk by Edward Jones, Regents Professor of English at Oklahoma State University on “Milton and Archival Discovery in the 21st Century.” Jones is the long-time editor of the Milton Quarterly, the author and editor of several books on John Milton, and editor of both an edition of the forthcoming Variorum Paradise Lost and of Milton’s letters for the Oxford Complete Works. He’s also something of a literary detective, whose archival work on Milton has helped redefined the way we think about Milton’s upbringing and early political allegiances. After years of common knowledge that proclaimed Milton a “puritan poet,” Jones made a series of startling discoveries in parish record offices around England that added up to a surprising revelation: the young Milton and his family were more “Laudian” than puritan, and Milton’s transformation into a radical was far more complex than most twentieth century critics had suspected. Jones has recently published A Concise Companion to The Study of Manuscripts, Printed Books, and the Production of Early Modern Texts (Blackwell, 2015), and his talk will not only highlight some of his recent archival discoveries, but also point toward the techniques and resources that hold similar potential for other authors and periods. If you are interested in book history, archives, interregnum politics, or early poetry, please join us this Thursday at 4.30 pm in 304 EPB (Gerber Lounge). See poster for details.