News Nuggets – June 2014

Dear Milton Society of America members,

Thanks for those of you who affirmed that the “MSA Treasurer’s Nuggets” would be welcome and to those of you who provided me with information worth passing along. If you do send in some bit of news, please provide full details. Please also regularly check the “News” section of the MSA webpage, (

1. MSA First Book Assistance Program applications
The due date for applications (or requests for a slight extension to complete the application) for the MSA First Book Assistance Program is Sunday, June 1, 2014. Full details are at .

2. RSA panel proposal responses
The MSA Executive Committee intends to respond to panel proposals submitted by the due date of today, May 31, 2014 by June 7, 2014, so that participants and chairs of any proposals that are declined will have time to submit the panel proposals independently to the RSA by its submission due date of June 10, 2014.

3. CFP for the 11th International Milton Symposium
Scheduled for 20-24 July 2015. Abstracts by 10 June 2014. Click onto the link at

4. Nominations and self-nominations for the position of MSA Secretary
At the end of 2014, the current MSA Secretary Ken Hiltner will be stepping down from the position. The deadline for nominations and self-nominations for the 5-year position of 2015-19 has been extended to June 15, 2014. Please send nominations to Ken Hiltner

5. Newberry Milton Seminars
A) Saturday, November 15, 2014; Daniel Shore, “Milton, Search, and the History of Style”
B) Saturday, May 9, 2015; Noel Sugimura, title TAB
Coffee and refreshments will be served before the seminar.
To register or for more information, see

6. The MSA at the MLA 2015
A) Milton will be well-represented at the MLA’s 2015 Annual Convention, 8-11 January 2015, with these MSA-sponsored and MSA-supported panels having been approved. We will pass on the times and dates in the a future “Treasurer’s Nuggets.” If you are part of an MLA 2015 Annual Convention that features Milton, please forward me full information.

a) John Milton, a General Session
Chair: Feisal Mohamed
Panelists: Jessie Hock (UC Berkeley), “Satan’s Fancy: Lucretian Imagination and Atomist Matter in Paradise Lost”
Nabil Matar (Minnesota), “Paradise Lost as Islamic Epic: Muhammad al-Anani’s Translation”
Erin Murphy (Boston U), “Rude Milton: Gender, Sexuality and the Missing Middle of Milton Studies”

b) Milton and the Material Book
Co-chairs: Greg Barnhisel (Duquesne) and Sharon Achinstein (JHU)
Panelists: Blaine Greteman (Iowa), “Milton’s First Book and the Making of a Print Author”
Nicholas von Maltzahn (Ottawa), “Who Printed Areopagitica? The Press and Milton’s Paper Work”
Angelica Duran (Purdue), “Milton’s Areopagitica: A Speech to the World”
Respondent: Stephen Dobranski (Georgia State)

c) Milton and the Politics of Periodization
Co-Chairs: Ann Baynes Coiro (Rutgers) and Rachel Trubowitz (New Hampshire)
Panelists: Marissa Greenberg (New Mexico), “Milton Much Revolving”
Lee Morrissey (Clemson), “Milton, Dryden, and the Periodization of Politics.”
John Staines (John Jay College), “The Age of Shakespeare and the Age of Milton: Bridging the Gaping Gulf.”
James C. Nohrnberg (Virginia), “Milton and the Periods of History”

d) Transatlantic Milton, a Roundtable
Co-chairs: Elizabeth Sauer and Joanna Picciotto
Elizabeth Sauer, Introduction “Transatlantic Milton: Critical Matters”
Panelists: Angelica Duran, “Juan Miltón en America”
Edward Simon, “Milton’s Covenantal Ambivalence and the Invention of America”
Marissa Nicosia, “Milton’s Banana: Horace Walpole’s Paradise Lost and the Garden of Empire”
Gillian Osborne, “Poetry as Cultivation or Foraging: Thoreau’s Milton, Thoreau’s Indians”
Joanna Picciotto, “Paradise Lost and the American Avant-Garde”

B) Registration begins October 2014 for the MSA Annual Dinner and Meeting, to be held at the Vancouver Club on Saturday, January 10, 2015 beginning roughly 7:30 p.m., with cash bar and mingling beginning at roughly 6:30 PM.

7. Fondazaione Giorgio Cini, Venice

This is from Marta Zoppetti who wrote from the Vittore Branca Center at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice:
I am writing you as Representative of an affiliated organization of the Renaissance Society of America – with which the Fondazione Giorgio Cini has been collaborating since 2011 – to inform you that our international research center welcomes scholars of all ages willing to spend a research period in Venice, working on Renaissance-related topics.The Fondazione Giorgio Cini libraries hold over 2000 volumes among illuminated incunabula and cinquecentine printed in Venice, featuring works by Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Holy Bibles, and volumes related to popular culture – we suggest you browse through EDIT 16 and OPAC Venezia to learn about the early printed books held in our libraries. Applying is easy: each applicant shall propose a research project focused on Italian culture – be it visual arts, history, literature, music, drama, early printed books, from an interdisciplinary point of view – to be pursued in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini libraries and other libraries in Venice. Every applicant shall send: curriculum vitae, admission form and research project via email to: centrobranca (at) Each application will be examined by a panel of specialists – to reduce costs of stay, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini offers co-financing.
We would be grateful if you could forward this information to members of
the Milton Society of America,
should they ever need to come to Venice for study purposes.
At your disposal should you need more information,
Marta Zoppetti
Apponi la firma nello spazio designato del modello 730 oppure Unico, scrivendo il codice fiscale 80009330277.

“Tradizione non è culto delle ceneri ma custodia del fuoco” (Gustav Mahler)
Centro Internazionale di Studi della Civiltà Italiana “Vittore Branca”

Fondazione Giorgio Cini onlus

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore

30124, Venezia

Tel.: +39 041 2710253 – Fax: +39 041 5238540

8. Keep us updated
Please make sure to pass on any updates to your contact information.

Many thanks, tesoros.

Angelica Duran
Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Director, Religious Studies (2009-13)
Purdue University

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