"The Controversy over Attribution of De Doctrina Christiana to Milton." [Revised CFP] Collection of Essays by 15 October 2013

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Hugh F. Wilson
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The manuscript of _De Doctrina Christiana_ was found in the State Paper Office and attributed to Milton in 1823; it was subsequently published by order of King George IV. Although Bishop Thomas Burgess (and others) rejected or doubted the attribution, but editors eventually came to accept the treatise as canonical. In the 1990's, Professor William Hunter, distinguished editor of the _Milton Encyclopedia_, seconded by Paul Sellin, inaugurated a new phase of the continuing controversy over the attribution of _De Doctrina Christiana_ to John Milton. Hunter's objections appear in several articles and in _Visitation Unimplor'd: Milton and the Authorship of De Doctrina Christiana_ (Pittsburgh: Duquesne UP, 1998). Scholars like Barbara Lewalski and Christopher Hill maintained the attribution, but the seeds of doubt had been sown, and categorical exponents of Milton's authorship have made significant concessions. On the one hand, Gordon Campbell, Thomas Corns, John Hale and Fiona Tweedie, in _Milton and the Manuscript of De Doctrina Christiana_ (Oxford: OUP, 2008), defend the attribution and the editors of the new Oxford edition of _De Doctrina Christiana_ [2013], John Hale and Donald Cullington, assume that the controversy is resolved. On the other hand, some reviewers have not been convinced.

We welcome by partisans (or neutrals) in the controversy over John Milton's disputed authorship of _De Doctrina Christiana_. Essays expressing various points of view on the attribution controversy (and anything that might illuminate it) will be considered for possible inclusion in a collection on the controversy. Please submit abstracts or essays by October 15, 2013.

Hugh F. Wilson (wilsonh@gram.edu)
Professor, Grambling State University