James Holly Hanford Award Recipients

James Holly Hanford Award Recipients (Book)

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This award recognizes a distinguished book on Milton. The designation “book” refers to a critical monograph, not an edition, bibliography, multiauthor collection, or reference work.

Current Recipient

[vacant for publication year 2021]

Past Recipients

(Monographs are arranged by date of publication, from most recent to oldest.)

McDowell, Nicholas. The Making of John Milton: Poet of Revolution (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020).

Chapman, Alison A. The Legal Epic: “Paradise Lost” and the Early Modern Law (U of Chicago P, 2017).

Teskey, Gordon. The Poetry of John Milton (Harvard: Harvard UP, 2015).

Quint, David. Inside “Paradise Lost”: Reading the Designs of Milton’s Epic (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2014).

Leonard, John. Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970. Volume I: Style and Genre. Volume II: Interpretative Issues. (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013).

Kilgour, Maggie. Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2012).

Mohamed, Feisal. Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2011).

Budick, Sanford. Kant and Milton (Harvard UP, 2010).

Schwartz, Louis. Milton and Maternal Mortality, (Cambridge UP, 2009).

Campbell, Gordon, and Thomas N. Corns. John Milton: Life, Work, and Thought (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008).

Shullenberger, William. Lady in the Labyrinth: Milton’s Comus as Initiation(Madison, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008).

Campbell, Gordon, Thomas Corns, John K. Hale and Fiona Tweedie, Milton and the Manuscript of De Doctrina Christiana (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007).

McColley, Diane Kelsey. Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007).

Teskey, Gordon. Delirious Milton: The Fate of the Poet in Modernity (Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2006).

Poole, William. Milton and the Idea of the Fall (Cambridge UP, 2005).

Forsyth, Neil. The Satanic Epic (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2003).

Loewenstein, David. Representing Revolution in Milton and His Contemporaries: Religion, Politics, and Polemics in Radical Puritanism (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001).

Lewalski, Barbara K. The Life of John Milton (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2000).

Norbrook, David. Writing the English Republic: Poetry, Rhetoric, and Politics, 1627-1660 (New York: Cambridge UP, 1999).

Martin, Catherine Gimelli. The Ruins of Allegory: Paradise Lost and the Metamorphosis of Epic Convention (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1998).

Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost, Second Edition (London: Macmillan Press, 1997).

Revard, Stella. Milton and the Tangles of Neaera’s Hair: The Making of the 1645 Poems (Columbia: U of Missouri Press, 1997).

Rogers, John. The Matter of Revolution: Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1996).

Cable, Lana. Carnal Rhetoric: Milton’s Iconoclasm and the Poetics of Desire (Durham: Duke UP, 1995).

Achinstein, Sharon. Milton and the Revolutionary Reader (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1994).

Haskin, Dayton. Milton’s Burden of Interpretation (Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1994).

Fallon, Robert Thomas. Milton in Government (University Park: The Pennsylvania State UP, 1993).

McColley, Diane Kelsey. A Gust for Paradise: Milton’s Eden and the Visual Arts (Urbana and Chicago: U of Illinois P, 1993).

Shawcross, John T. John Milton: The Self and the World (Lexington: The UP of Kentucky, 1993).

Tanner, John S. Anxiety in Eden: A Kierkegaardian Reading of Paradise Lost (New York: Oxford UP, 1992).

Fallon, Stephen M. Milton among the Philosophers: Poetry and Materialism in Seventeenth-Century England (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1991)

Leonard, John. Naming in Paradise: Milton and the Language of Adam and Eve (New York: Oxford UP, 1990).

Loewenstein, David. Milton and the Drama of History: Historical Vision, Iconoclasm, and the Literary Imagination (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1990).

Bennett, Joan S. Reviving Liberty: Radical Christian Humanism in Milton’s Great Poems (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1989).

Schwartz, Regina. Remembering and Repeating: Biblical Creation in Paradise Lost (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1988).

Grossman, Marshall. “Authors to Themselves”: Milton and the Revelation of History (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge UP, 1987).

Turner, James Grantham. One Flesh: Paradisal Marriage and Sexual Relations in the Age of Milton (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987).

Wittreich, Joseph. Interpreting Samson Agonistes (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986).

Budick, Sanford. The Dividing Muse: Images of Sacred Disjunction in Milton’s Poetry (New Haven: Yale UP 1985).

Lewalski, Barbara K. Paradise Lost and the Rhetoric of Literary Forms (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1985).

Shawcross, John T. Milton: A Bibliography for the Years 1624-1700 (Binghamton: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1984).

Kerrigan, William. The Sacred Complex: On the Psychogenesis of Paradise Lost (Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1983).

Christopher, Georgia B. Milton and the Science of the Saints (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1982).

Lieb, Michael. Poetics of the Holy: A Reading of Paradise Lost (Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1981).

Revard, Stella. The War in Heaven: Paradise Lost and the Tradition of Satan’s Rebellion (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1980).

Frye, Roland Mushat. Milton’s Imagery and the Visual Arts: Iconographic Tradition in the Epic Poems (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1978).

Webber, Joan M. Milton and His Epic Tradition (Seattle: U of Washington P, 1979).

Radzinowicz, Mary Ann. Toward Samson Agonistes: The Growth of Milton’s Mind (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1978).

Hill, Christopher. Milton and the English Revolution (London: Faber & Faber, 1977).

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

Jude Welburn. “Heaven’s Laughter and the Genesis of Tyranny; Milton’s Reading of the Story of Babel,” ELH 88.4 (2021), 879-905.

Past Recipients

(Arrangement is alphabetical by author)

Earle, Philippa. “‘Till Body Up to Spirit Work’: Maimonidean Prophecy and Monistic Sublimation in Paradise RegainedMilton Studies 62 (2020): 159-189.

Clausen-Brown, Karen. “‘Not in their Idol-Worship, but by Labor’: The Sabbath and the Book of Isaiah in Samson AgonistesMilton Studies 60 (2018): 134-156.

Taylor, Whitney B. “Breathing Space: The Inspired Ecosystem of Paradise LostRenaissance Studies 32 (2018): 619-37.

Goldstein, David B. “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).

Rogers, John. “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).

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

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

Webster, Erin. “Milton’s Pandaemonium and the Infinitesimal Calculus,” ELR 45 (2015): 425-58.

Poole, William. “John Milton and Giovanni Boccaccio’s Vita di Dante,” Milton Quarterly 48 (2014): 139-170.

Whittington, Leah. “Milton’s Poetics of Supplication,” Milton Studies 55 (2014): 113-145.

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

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.

Wallace, Joseph. “Miltonic Proportions: Divine Distribution and the Nature of the Lot in Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 53 (2012): 101-23.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Kahn, Victoria. “Aesthetics as Critique: Tragedy and Trauerspiel in Samson Agonistes” in Reading Renaissance Ethics. Ed. Marshall Grossman (New York: Routledge, 2007) 104-127.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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