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Review 'Maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and critical acumen, the contributors engage Miltons writings by reference to the cultural milieu of 17th-century EnglandThis timely volume auspiciously rides the crest of interest in the very topics that guarantee Miltons ongoing appeal to every generation.' - Choice'The controversy over Milton's position on gender assumes center court in Catherine Gimelli Martin's very useful collection of essays...' - SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900'Milton and Gender is a must-read not only for the usual suspects but also for cultural warriors on both the left and right.' -Katharine Gillespie, Miami University'The impressive range her makes this an important and provocative collection...The readings are rigorous and inventive, and the contradictions and paradoxes that they finally acknowledge signal the ongoing life of the 350-year-old debate about Milton and Gender.' Renaissance Quarterly Paula Loscocco, Sarah Lawrence College Read more Book Description Milton's contempt for women has been accepted since Samuel Johnson's famous Life of the poet. Critics have long debated whether Milton's writings were anti- or pro-feminine, a problem further complicated by his advocacy of 'divorce on demand' for men. This book re-evaluates these claims by analysing his major poems, his four divorce tracts, and the responses of female readers ranging from George Eliot and Virginia Woolf to lesser known artists and revolutionaries. Together, these essays provide a fresh perspective on all aspects of gender in Milton's work. Read more See all Editorial Reviews