John Milton, Folklore, and Fairy Tales

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Julie H. Kim / Northeastern Illinois University
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I am placing this "Call for Papers" on the topic of "John Milton, Folklore, and Fairy Tales," for an edited collection I hope to compile and publish. Please submit your abstract (500 words) and one-page cv by December 1, 2014, to be considered for this collection.


I am looking to put together 10-12 critical analytical essays (which I will edit and introduce). Abstracts should deal with some critical aspect of Milton and his relationship to folklore and fairy tales.

Some broad areas of study include:
• Milton's (changing) attitude towards folklore and fairy tales as reflected in his poetry or prose, possibly over time
• Re-workings of folklore and/or fairy tale elements in his poetry
• Ways in which Milton's characters and works might be re-evaluated when seen from the folklore and/or fairy tale contexts
• (All this, but also addressing the question of WHY/HOW folk and fairy tale elements can possibly be important to studying this epic poet.)

Much has already been written on the subject of Milton and myth so this collection will stay away from that topic, but imaginative abstracts which deal with myth (archetypes, etc.) will also be considered if they relate well to topics and subjects in the rest of the collection.

I am open to inventive new readings of Milton, which might offer fresh insight into the interplay between his "high" culture literary output and the seemingly "low" or "popular" culture heritage of the folk and fairy tale traditions.

In addition to writing the "Introduction" for the volume, I will also supply an essay on Comus and the political and cultural implications of the ways in which the masque both follows and subverts fairy tale traditions. Please note that I have not yet contacted a publisher for this volume and that this project is in its initial stages of development.

Please submit queries, your one-page cv, and an abstract of 500 words by December 1, 2014 to

Julie H. Kim
Professor of English
Northeastern Illinois University