Promiscuous Listening: A John Milton Podcast

Forthcoming – Fall 2021

In his 1644 Areopagitica, seventeenth-century English polemicist and poet John Milton writes in favor of “the benefit which may be had of books promiscuously read.” Milton advocates “reading all manner of tractats” as part of a thorough education. Learning is a matter of exploring the full range of knowledge, Milton explains. And this trial of good and evil is afforded not only by books but also by art, architecture, music, and “hearing all manner of reason.”

Promiscous Listening: A John Milton Podcast puts Milton’s theory of knowledge into practice by bringing a diversity of voices in 21st-century Milton studies into “promiscuous convers[ation].” Marissa Greenberg (Associate Professor of English at the University of New Mexico) talks to experts with various backgrounds and interests about Milton’s Paradise Lost. Each episode covers foundational information, introduces close readings, and shares current research to engage you in in-depth exploration of this moving and influential work of literature.

You may find a scholarly, open-access edition of the poem on Dartmouth College’s The John Milton Reading Room. A list of references and resources, more information about Marissa’s guests, and transcripts are available through the episode links.

Episode 1: Paradise Lost, book 1

Episode 2: Paradise Lost, book 2 with Dr. Amrita Dhar (Ohio State University)

Episode 3: Paradise Lost, book 3 with Dr. Mario Murgia (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Episode 4: Paradise Lost, book 4 with Dr. Ari Friedlander (University of Mississippi)

Episode 5: Paradise Lost, book 5 with Dr. Philippa Earle (Independent Scholar: Milton)

Episode 6: Paradise Lost, book 6 with Dr. Paul M. Bardunias (Independent Scholar: Ancient Military History)

Episode 7: Paradise Lost, book 7 with Dr. Angelica Duran (Purdue University)

Episode 8: Paradise Lost, book 8 with Dr. Mary Grace Elliott (Kennesaw State University)

Episode 9: Paradise Lost, book 9 with Dr. Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut)

Episode 10: Paradise Lost, book 10 with Dr. Lara Dodds (Mississippi State University)

Episode 11: Paradise Lost, book 11 TBA

Episode 12: Paradise Lost, book 12 TBA

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