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Seminar in Literary Interpretation

An illustration from Paradise Lost

This course offers a close reading of the 12 books of Milton’s 1674 epic in the context of critical statements on the poem.

Course goals: to develop skills in analyzing poetry, assessing and applying criticism, expressing ideas about literature in written and oral formats.


  • The Norton Critical Edition of Paradise Lost, ed., Gordon Teskey, 2nd edition, 2020
  • online resources.


  • Class participation
  • A presentation (as a member of a team)
  • Short essay on a passage from Book 9
  • Longer final essay, including an annotated bibliography
  • A 2-hour final exam


  • ENGL 100
  • Registration in an English Major or Joint Honours plan

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.