News Nuggets – December 2016

Dear Milton Society of America member,

“This is the Month”…

… when all good Miltonists will lift a toast to commemorate Milton’s birthday on December 9th and perhaps recite “On the Morning of Christs Nativity” appropriately enough on December 25th.

… and when MSA annual membership dues are, well, due (see http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=45) and tax deductible donations to our non-profit organization especially welcome.


1)  We welcome the following new MSA members:

Amir Hossain; Bangladesh

James Freemantle; UK

 2) Onto the electronic scrolls of MSA award winners. These folks have received MSA awards for works published in 2015, and will be duly feted at the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting (see below):

  • The James Holly Hanford Award for a distinguished essay on Milton to Kristen Poole’s “‘With Such Joy Surcharg’d’: The Predicament of Satiety in Patristic Theology and Paradise Lost,appearing in Milton Quarterly 49.1; and to MSA member’s Erin Webster’s “Milton’s Pandaemonium and the Infinitesimal Calculus,” appearing in English Literary Renaissance 45.3.
  • The Irene Samuel Memorial Award for a distinguished multiauthor collection on Milton, on the era in which he lived, or on the context and methodologies that illuminate our understanding of his life and works, to volume 56 of Milton Studies (Duquesne UP), edited by the 2016 MSA Honored Scholar Laura L. Knoppers.
  • The John T. Shawcross Award for a distinguished edition, bibliography, reference work, or chapter on Milton in a monograph that covers other authors or engages topics that bear on seventeenth-century England to chapter five of Ayesha Ramachandran’s Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (U of Chicago P), “‘This Pendant World’: Creating Miltonic Modernity.”
  • The Albert C. Labriola Award for a distinguished article on Milton by a graduate student published or forthcoming in a journal or multiauthor collection to Andrew S. Brown’s “‘The Minstrelsy of Heaven’: Representation, Authority, and the Politics of Lyric in Paradise Lost,” forthcoming in Milton Studies.

 3) Andrew Naughton earned his PhD in May 2016. His dissertation, “Writing Allegiance from Marvell to Pope,” was completed under the direction of Melinda Rabb at Brown University and was no doubt inspired in part by his undergrad tutelage at Georgetown with MSA 2016 Honored Scholar Jason Rosenblatt.

4) Erin Webster wrapped up a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at Birkbeck College this past August and took up a position as Assistant Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, specializing in 17th Century literature, including Milton.

5) Lara Dodd’s promotion to Professor of English at Mississippi State University became effective in August 2016. She is also the Coordinator of the MA Program in English at MSU, which you can read more about here: http://www.english.msstate.edu .

6) From this world…

Margaret Patterson Hannay died on August 11, 2016. The range of her scholarship is reflected in the titles of such publications as “C.S. Lewis: A Map of His World” and Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth, which received the Book of the Year award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Writers (see < https://www.amazon.com/Mary-Sidney-Wroth-Margaret-Hannay/dp/0754660532>). I hope you consider reading one of her works.

 Seminars, Conferences, etc.

1) The MSA at the MLA 2017

1A) Please consider attending the two panels sponsored by the MSA:

  • 459. “Race, Religion and Form in Spenser and Milton” (a collaboration with the International Spenser Society), to be held at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 7, in room 203B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MSA Executive Committee member Melissa E. Sanchez (Penn) will preside, with papers by MSA member Eric Song (Swarthmore), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale), and Kimberly Ann Coles (Maryland, College Park).
  • 609. “John Milton: A General Session,” to be held at 3:30 pm on Saturday, January 7, in room 202B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MSA 2016 President Ann Baynes Coiro (Rutgers) will preside, with papers by Brooke Conti (Cleveland State), Alice Tsay (Michigan), and Julia M. Walker (SUNY Geneseo).

1B)  … and the following panels that include a paper on Milton (great thanks to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed for the list): 51, “Rethinking the English Baroque”; 107, “Literary Influence: Queer Reframings”; 372, “Boethius in the Renaissance”; 468, “Il poeta civile: Ieri, oggi e domani”; 707, “The Apocalypse in Literature”; and 791, “Ruins and Remains in Early Modern England.”

1C) Thanks to those who have already RSVPed to the 2017 MSA Annual Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017. To make your reservation for this not-to-be-missed annual event, please see the

I encourage you to alert presses about taking out an ad in the MSA AD&M’s program, a great platform for reaching the MSA’s 400+ members and for financially supporting our worthy organization—ads due to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed by no December 15. Please consider hosting grad students or colleagues to the gathering, preferably by December 20 (but do check with me at any time through January 7).

2) Newberry Milton Seminar, Saturday, May 6, 2017

See <https://www.newberry.org/milton-seminar>. Paul Stevens, “TBA.” Please register by Friday, May 5, 2017.

 Member publications

1) Christopher Warren’s 1A) Literature and the Law of Nations, 1580-1680 (OUP) has been awarded the Roland Bainton Prize in Literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, <http://www.sixteenthcentury.org/prizes/bainton/>,

For more on the book, see


1B) He has also recently published an article in Law, Culture, and the Humanities entitled “To Ruin the Repairs: Milton, Allegory, Transitional Justice,” the abstract for which you can see here: http://lch.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/08/31/1743872116665341 .

1C) Hear more from him on the subject(s) at the 2017 MLA panel sponsored by the American Comparative Literature Association:

  1. Comparative Literature and the Law(s); Sat., 7 January, 12:00 noon-1:15 p.m., 102A, Pennsylvania Convention Center.

2) John R. Roberts, Professor Emeritus at University of Missouri-Columbia, has completed the following work to be published by the Donne Variorum in January to be found at Digital Donne: The Online Variorum.

2B) John Donne: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 2009-2012.

This update will then be combined with the previously published bibliographies–from 1912 onward.

3) Angelica Duran’s article “Milton in Puebla, Mexico” is now available in “The Spanish Issue” of The Battersea Review, available for your reading at <http://batterseareview.com> and co-edited by Mario Murgia and Flaminia Ocampo, an interview with whom on the issue is available for your reading at <http://nerobooks.org/2016-nov-healy-murgia-ocampo/>.

4) For the busy Mario Murgia’s recent publications, see

4A) “Tristram, The Movie, or Here’s Your Cock and Bull, Winterbottom,” in Laurence Sterne: 300 años, UNAM (November 2016);

4B) “¿Qué bestia fue entonces…? Macbeth IV, ii,” in Revista de la Biblioteca de México, no. 152 (September 2016);

4C) “Milton in Spanish-Speaking America,” in A New Companion to Milton, Wiley-Blackwell (2016);

4D) Versos escritos en agua: la influencia de Paradise Lost en Byron, Keats y Shelley, UNAM (2016);

4E) Antología de escritores escoceses contemporáneos, trans. Mario Murgia, UNAM (August 2015);

4D) “Del no olvido al sí me acuerdo,” in Cuadrivio (http://cuadrivio.net/tag/mario-murgia/), (April 2015)

5) Also spreading Milton studies far and wide is Islam Issa:

5A) “Milton’s Global Impact: the Arabic-Speaking World”, in A New Companion to Milton, ed. Thomas Corns (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016);

5B) “Transforming Milton’s Paradise Lost into Arabic”, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 55.1 (Winter 2015), 197-214;

5C) “Milton’s Areopagitica in the Arab World Today”, English Studies, 96.1 (February 2015), 82-101.

CFProposals, applications, etc.

1) Milton Society of America Communications Officer; now through January 2017

We are squarely in the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth phase for this very important position. Please consider nominating or self-nominating for this important position, with a tenure of January 2017-January 2021. For more details on the duties, please contact outgoing MSA CO David Ainsworth or Feisal Mohamed.

2) Milton Society of America Honored scholar nominations and awards: December 20, 2016 and May 1, 2017

2A) Please submit the name of your nominee for Honored scholar, preferably accompanied by a paragraph and the basis for the nomination to MSA Secretary Feisal Mohamed or any of the MSA Exec Comm members , http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=19 , including me, by preferably by December 20, 2016.

2B) For nominating and submitting publications from 2016 for the next set of MSA awards, please see http://miltonsociety.org/?page_id=484 .

 3) Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health; essay proposals due 15 January 2017

A peer-reviewed edited volume, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, will be submitted to the Literary Disability Studies book series at Palgrave Macmillan (http://www.palgrave.com/us/series/14821). Papers that engage with the place of psychiatric disability within the larger field of disability studies are especially welcome. Topics may include, but are certainly not limited, to the following: Intersections of addiction/psychiatric disability and race, class, gender, and queer identity in literature; Autobiography, authority, and mental illness; Disability and madness post-Foucault; Neurodiversity and psychiatric disability; Feminist and queer disability studies of psychiatric disability and addiction in literature; Cross-cultural perspectives on mental illness and disability; Madness studies in literature; /S/X (consumer/survivor/ex) patient narratives and disability studies. Abstracts of 250-500 words, plus a short biography, to Elizabeth J. Donaldson, by due date. Queries about the CFP before this deadline are very welcome. Accepted authors will be notified by 1 February 2017, and first drafts of chapters (approximately 6000 words) will be due on 15 June 2017 for peer review.

4) 38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum; abstract due January 15, 2017

This conference, “Culture and Violence,” to be held Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017, at at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire will feature as keynote speaker Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester on “From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille:  The Autumn of Chivalry.” Abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.

 5) Call For Interest: article, due date 1st February 2017

James Freemantle has been invited to curate an Exhibition in 2017 to celebrate the 350th anniversary of Paradise Lost and is looking for scholars who may wish to write an article for the accompanying Exhibition book, on the subject of the publishing history of Paradise Lost, as it related to Fine Press editions of the same. If interested, please contact him.

6) 2018 Society for Classical Studies meeting, Boston, January 4-7, 2018; proposals due February 15, 2017.

“Afterlives of Ancient Medicine: Reception Studies or History of Medicine?” panel, sponsored by the Society for Ancient Medicine and Pharmacy (SAM). For more details and/or to send the abstract of 500 words for proposed paper (20 min.), e-mail to Brooke Holmes.

 7) Conference proposal; proposals due February 28, 2017

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library and the Early Modern Conversions Project at McGill University’s Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas are proud to announce a major conference, “The Politics of Conversion: Martin Luther to Muhammad Ali,” September 14-16, 2017. Religious conversion is a highly personal phenomenon–Augustine under the fig tree has the company of the voices of children and a found biblical verse, Luther spends days in solitary conversation with Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Cassius Clay is in dialogue with one or two sympathetic interlocutors. Yet conversion, as personal as it often is, can also ramify outward into the world with great force, galvanizing new communities, breaking old ones, and changing the political world utterly.The conference will coincide with the opening of a major gallery exhibition at the Newberry titled “Religious Change and Print, 1450-1700.” To view or download the CFP, click here.

8) NEH summer Seminar at the Huntington Library; application deadline March 1, 2017

Prof. John King (Ohio State) and Mark Rankin (James Madison University) will co-direct “The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650.” Full details and application information are available at http://sites.jmu.edu/NEHformation-reformation-books2017/ .

9) International Milton Symposium 12: Renewed Call for Bids, preferred due date 1 March 2017

Because circumstances have made it impossible for those institutions initially expressing interest in hosting IMS12 to do so, I am reissuing the call for bids, as originally instructed by the Standing Committee of the International Milton Symposium. It is intended that the symposium will be scheduled for 2018 or 2019, preferably in the northern-hemisphere summer.

The bid should include a clear indication of proposed dates and of location and accessibility in terms of international travel. A statement of support from the host institution is also desirable, as well as an indication of likely costs to participants, with some account of the available accommodation. Finally, the bid should include an outline of possible supplements to the academic programme (concerts, banquets, excursions, and the like). The successful bid will be announced no later than 1 June 2017. Please note that the International Milton Symposium can offer no financial support.

Secretary to the Standing Committee, Prof. Karen Edwards is happy to respond informally to any preliminary indications of interest and to answer any queries about the process of preparing bids.

 Unexpected Milton sightings

None sent in this month.


Please continue to send me news and information that you think would be of interest and importance for our membership to know for inclusion in the next MSA Nuggets.

Many thanks, tesoros.


Angelica Duran
Treasurer, Milton Society of America (2012-21)
English, Comparative Literature, Religious Studies (Director, 2009-13)
Purdue University

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