For your final research assignment in this class, you'll need to meaningfully engage at least 3 scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles or book chapters that demonstrate a critical approach to Paradise Lost.
Not sure where to start? Here are several broad strategies that you can try:
If you're not sure yet what you're interested in, or you're interested in so many different aspects of Milton's work that you can't decide where to focus, you might want to just browse through scholarly journals to see what catches your eye. A wealth of Miltonian scholarship can be found in scholarly journals that publish literary and historical criticism about Milton's works. Here are some major journals that contain articles and other critical works about Milton, his works, and his contemporaries.
Like most other disciplines, English has several subject-specific databases. The MLA International Bibliography and Literature Criticism Online are two examples. Subject databases index scholarly materials (books, chapters in books, scholarly articles, dissertations) that will be of interest to researchers within that discipline. MLAIB is the key database for literature, linguistics, and related areas.
For this assignment, you'll want to limit your results to just articles or books. Click on the "check for full text" link to see if Collins Library has the journal or you need to order it through interlibrary loan.
The databases listed below are examples of multidisciplinary finding aids that also cover literature.
By consulting book reviews of the scholarly works you are reading, you can gain a better understanding of the place of a particular work within the field. Here are a few tips for locating book reviews:
Start with the resources below and branch out as needed. Search by the title of the book, or by the author of the review and a keyword from the title.
Texts that interpret literary works are usually persuasive texts. Literary critics may conduct a close reading of a work, critique a literary work from the stance of a particular literary theory, or debate the soundness of other critics' interpretations.
During the preview phase, you'll want to concentrate on these key elements:
Once you've selected the article, you can actively read for content, argument, analysis and evaluation.
Tip: Read the article more than once! It may help to print out a copy so that you can make notes.