Reading Milton’s Paradise Lost


Course Description

John Milton’s Paradise Lost is often considered the greatest work of literature in the English language. This course offers the opportunity of encountering its powerful rendering of an old story.

Among the questions this course will explore: Why did Milton choose the Adam and Eve story for his 17th century epic? How did he craft it into 12 Books? What sources influenced him? What does the narrative tell us about Milton’s concerns? How does the Apple (freedom to choose) become so central to Milton’s retelling? What impact does freedom have on the relationships among the various characters in the poem? Was it inevitable that angels and humans, who have freedom in their choices, would revolt against God? Who figures largest in the drama Milton creates? Why such debate about the implications of the Fall? Who cares now?

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Monday, January 7th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Mondays, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Discussion Team: Joseph Vietri, Anne Fitzpatrick and Jim Cullen

Course Fees: 

$150.00 (tuition fee) 

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Reading and Administration Fees:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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