CALL FOR PAPERS: Eleventh International Milton Symposium

The Eleventh International Milton Symposium will be held at the University of Exeter, England, 20-24 July, 2015. The Symposium, normally held every three years, brings together scholars from across the world for five days of lively discussion and convivial exchanges about all things Miltonic.

Plenary speakers include: Maggie Kilgour (McGill), Mary Nyquist (Toronto),
David Quint (Yale), and Paul Stevens (Toronto).

Located in the beautiful Devon countryside, close to the sea and to Dartmoor National Park, the cathedral city of Exeter (founded by the Romans) is among those English cities most dramatically affected by the Civil War. Supporters of Parliament secured the city in 1642, and from early in 1643 it served as the western headquarters of the Parliamentary Army. After a determined and prolonged siege, it fell to Royalist forces in the autumn, who so strongly fortified the city that it was re-taken by the Parliamentary Army only in 1646. The rich Civil War History of Exeter will be a feature of the Symposium.

The Programme Committee warmly invites proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Milton studies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The Civil War Milton and his (near) contemporaries
  • Paces – geographical, symbolic, textual Families, children, generation(s)
  • Harmony, music, dancing, soundscapes The emotions, the passions, the senses
  • Drama, dialogue, soliloquy Controversy, polemic, satire
  • Biblical, classical, humanist scholarship Death, mortalism, memory
  • Soul/Body Historiography

Proposals for papers (500 words maximum, preferably in the form of an email attachment) should be submitted by 10 June 2014 to Karen Edwards ( and Philip Schwyzer (, English Department, Queen’s Building, Exeter University, Exeter EX4 4QH, UK.