[DWJ] Query on DWJ and Milton

hschinske at aol.com hschinske at aol.com
Mon Sep 29 14:49:55 EDT 2014


There is at least one reference: see 
http://books.google.com/books?id=k9TI6xTSLDUC&pg=PT323 . But it 
basically just confirms that DWJ got as far as the usual reading of PL 
as an undergraduate. (Or earlier, depending, but probably at Oxford.)

Helen Schinske


-----Original Message-----
From: Jameela Lares <jameela.lares at usm.edu>
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net>
Sent: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 8:29 am
Subject: [DWJ] Query on DWJ and Milton


I ran into a question on the Milton list and wondered if anyone here 
had any
thoughts.  Briefly, someone in Italy asked why he did not see much 
Milton in
Tolkien, with my taking the position that despite the fact that both 
men wrote
epics, Milton would hardly have been to Tolkien's creative tastes.  As 
threads
do, this one became diffuse. One of the older listmembers hadheard 
Tolkien
lecture at Oxford.  Well, actually, he couldn't hear, so he stopped 
going. So I
mentioned that DWJ stayed in a Tolkien lecture all term.  At which 
point it
struck me that I have never particularly noticed Milton in DWJ, either, 
though I
can't see any particular reason that she would make use of him. I don't 
even
remember hearing if she particular read him or commented on him, but it 
is a bad
grading (marking) period for me right now, so there is no telling what 
I usually
know.

So my question is if DWJ said anything about Milton or made any 
recognizable use
of him in her works.

(By the way, I often make the provocative comment to my students at the
beginning of a Milton course that he summarized everything that came 
before him
and influenced everything that came after.  As a provocative statement, 
it has
its uses.  I also believe it, most days.  Even Tolkien taught Paradise 
Lost,
books 1-2.)

Cheers,

Jameela Lares
Professor of English
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, #5037
Hattiesburg, MS  39406-0001
601 266-4319 ofc
601 266-5757 fax

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