James Holly Hanford Award Recipients (Article)


This award recognizes a distinguished article on Milton published in a journal or in a multiauthor collection of essays.

Current Recipient


David B. Goldstein. “Manuring Eden: Biological Conversions in Paradise Lost.” In Ground-Work: English Renaissance Literature and Soil Science. Eds. Hillary Eklund and Sharon O’Dair (Penn State UP, 2017) 


John Rogers. “Orson Pratt, Parley Pratt, and the Miltonic Origins of Mormon Materialism.” In Milton, Materialism, and Embodiment: One First Matter All. Eds. Kevin J. Donovan and Thomas Festa (Penn State UP, 2017)

Past Recipients

(Arrangement is alphabetical by author)

Bennett, Joan S. “God, Satan, and King Charles: Milton’s Royal Portraits,” PMLA, 92 (1977):441-457

Chaplin, Gregory  “Beyond Sacrifice: Milton and the Atonement,” PMLA 125.2 (2010), 354-69.

Coiro, Ann Baynes. “Fable and Old Song: Samson Agonistes and the Idea of a Poetic Career,” Milton Studies 36 (1998): 123-152

Katherine Cox. “‘How cam’st though speakable of mute’: Satanic Acoustics in Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 57 (2016): 233-60

Creaser, John, “‘Service is Perfect Freedom’: Paradox and Prosodic Style in Paradise Lost” Review of English Studies 58 (2007) 268-315

Escobedo, Andrew. “Allegorical Agency and the Sins of Angels,” ELH 75 (2008): 787-818

Fish, Stanley. “Spectacle and Evidence in Samson Agonistes” Critical Inquiry 15 (1989): 556-586

Gallagher, Philip J. “Paradise Lost and the Greek Theogony” English Literary Renaissance 9 (1979): 121-148

Grossman, Marshall. “Poetry and Belief in Paradise Regained, to which is added Samson Agonistes.” Studies in Philology 110.2 (Spring 2012): 382-401.

Hale, John K. “Milton Meditates the Ode” Classical and Modern Literature 16 (1996): 341-358

Hunter, William B. ”The Provenance of The Christian Doctrine” Studies in English Literature 32 (1992): 129-142

Kahn, Victoria. “Aesthetics as Critique: Tragedy and Trauerspiel in Samson Agonistes” in Reading Renaissance Ethics ed. Marshall Grossman (New York: Routledge, 2007) 104-27

Kerrigan, William, and Gordon Braden. “Milton’s Coy Eve: Paradise Lost and Renaissance Love Poetry” ELH 53 (1986): 27-51

Kezar, Dennis. “Samson’s Death by Theater and Milton’s Art of Dying” ELH 66 (1999): 295-336

Kolbrener, William. “‘Plainly Partial’: The Liberal Areopagitica” ELH 60 (1993): 57-78

LaBreche, Ben “Espousing Liberty: The Gender of Liberalism and the Politics of Miltonic Divorce,” ELH 77 (2010), 969-94.

Labriola, Albert C. “‘Thy Humiliation Shall Exalt’: The Christology of Paradise Lost” Milton Studies 15 (1981): 29-42

Le Comte, Edward. “Dubious Battle: Saving the Appearances” ELN 19 (1982): 177-193.

Leo, Russ. “Milton’s Aristotelian Experiments: Tragedy, Lustratio, and ‘Secret refreshings’ in Samson Agonistes (1671),” Milton Studies 52 (2011), 221-52.

Leonard, John. “Milton, Lucretius, and ‘the void profound of unessential Night'” in Living Texts: Interpreting Milton ed. Kristin A. Pruitt and Charles W. Durham (Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna UP, 2000), 198-217

Lewalski, Barbara K. “The Genres of Paradise Lost: Literary Genre as a Means of Accommodation,” Milton Studies 17 (1983): 75-103

Lieb, Michael. “De Doctrina Christiana and the Question of Authorship” Milton Studies 41 (2002): 172-230

MacCallum, Hugh. “Samson Agonistes: The Deliverer as Judge” Milton Studies 23 (1987): 259-290

McDowell, Nicholas. “How Laudian was the Young Milton?” Milton Studies 52 (2011), 3-22.

Miller, Leo. “Milton’s Clash with Chappell: A Suggested Reconstruction” Milton Quarterly 14 (1980): 77-87

Mueller, Janel. “Contextualizing Milton’s Nascent Republicanism” in Of Poetry and Politics: New Essays on Milton and His World ed. Paul G. Stanwood (Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1995) 263-282

Nardo, Anna K. “Academic Interludes in Paradise Lost”  Milton Studies 27 (1991): 209-241

Norbrook, David. “John Milton, Lucy Hutchinson and the Republican Biblical Epic” in Milton and the Grounds of Contention ed. Mark R. Kelley, Michael Lieb, and John T. Shawcross (Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 2003) 37-63, 292-293

Patterson, Annabel. “That Old Man Eloquent” in Literary Milton: Text, Pretext, Context ed. Diana Treviño Benet and Michael Lieb  (Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 1994) 22-44, 223-6nn.

Picciotto, Joanna. “Reforming the Garden: The Experimentalist Eden and Paradise Lost” ELH 72 (2005): 23-78

Poole, Kristen. “‘With Such Joy Surcharg’d’: The Predicament of Satiety in Patristic Theology and Paradise Lost, Milton Quarterly 49.1 (2015)

Poole, William. “John Milton and Giovanni Boccaccio’s Vita di Dante,” Milton Quarterly 48 (2014): 139-70

Quint, David. “Fear of Falling: Icarus, Phaethon, and Lucretius in Paradise Lost” in Renaissance Quarterly 57 (2004): 315-345

Radzinowicz, Mary Ann. “Milton on the Tragic Woman in Genesis,” in Of Poetry and Politics: New Essays on Milton and His World ed. Paul G. Stanwood (Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1995) 131-152

Rajan, Balachandra. “Paradise Lost: the Uncertain Epic,” Milton Studies 17 (1983): 105-119

Revard, Stella P. “From the State of Innocence to the Fall of Man: The Fortunes of Paradise Lost as Opera and Oratorio,” in Milton’s Legacy in the Arts, ed. Albert C. Labriola and Edward Sichi, Jr. (University Park and London: The Pennsylvania State UP, 1988) 93-134

Rogers, John. “Transported touch: the fruit of marriage in Paradise Lost” in Milton and Gender ed. Catherine Gimelli Martin (New York: Cambridge UP, 2004) 115-132

Rosenblatt, Jason R “Milton’s Chief Rabbi,” in Milton Studies 24 (1988): 43-71

Rumrich, John Peter. “Uninventing Milton” Modern Philology 87 (1990): 249-265.

Sauer, Elizabeth. “Milton’s Of True Religion: Protestant Nationhood, and the Negotiation of Liberty” MQ 40 (2006): 1-19

Schwartz, Regina. “Milton’s Hostile Chaos: … ‘And the Sea was No More'” ELH 52 (1985): 337-374

Sellars, Roy. “Milton’s Wen” Prose Studies 49 (1996): 221-237

Shore, Daniel. “‘Fit Though Few’: Eikonoklastes and the Rhetoric of Audience” Milton Studies 45 (2006): 129-148

Shullenberger, William. “Into the Woods: The Lady’s Soliloquy in Comus” MQ 35 (2001): 33-43

Stevens, Paul. “Milton and the Icastic Imagination”  Milton Studies 20 (1984): 43-73

Stevens, Paul. “Paradise Lost and the Colonial Imperative”  Milton Studies 24 (1996): 3-21

Swaim, Kathleen M. “The Mimesis of Accommodation in Book 3 of Paradise Lost” PQ 63 (1984): 461-475

Trubowitz, Rachel. “The people of Asia and with them the Jews”: Israel, Asia, and England in Milton’s Writings,” in Milton and the Jews, ed. Douglas A. Brooks (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 151-77.

von Maltzahn, Nicholas. “Milton and the Deist Prelude to Liberalism.” In Milton and Questions of History: Essays by Canadians Past and Present, ed. Feisal Mohamed and Mary Nyquist (University of Toronto Press, 2012). 215-49.

Walker, Julia M. “The Poetics of Antitext and the Politics of Milton’s Allusions” Studies in English Literature 37 (1997): 151-171

Wallace, Joseph. “Miltonic Proportions: Divine Distribution and the Nature of the Lot in Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 53, ed. Laura L. Knoppers (Duquesne University Press, 2012): 101-23, 277-82.

Webster, Erin. “Milton’s Pandaemonium and the Infinitesimal Calculus,” ELR 45.3 (2015)

Welch, Anthony. “Milton’s Forsaken Proserpine,” ELR 39:3 (Autumn 2009), 527-56.

Whittington, Leah. “Milton’s Poetics of Supplication,” Milton Studies 55 (2014): 113-45.

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