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About Mary Catherine (Mimi) Fenton


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EMAIL: mfenton@email.wcu.edu

Ph.D. (English), University of Kentucky, 1990      

Dissertation Director: John T. Shawcross


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Book in Press:

“With Wandering Steps”: Generative Irresolution in Milton’s Poetry. Co-edited with Louis Schwartz. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press. Forthcoming, Spring 2016.

Books in Print:

To Repair the Ruins: Reading Milton. Co-edited with Louis Schwartz. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2012.

Their Maker’s Image: New Essays on John Milton.

 Co-edited with Louis Schwartz. Pittsburgh: Susquehanna University Press/Associated University Presses, 2011.

Milton’s Places of Hope: Spiritual and Political Connections of Hope with Land.

Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2006. (Nominated for the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award for Distinguished Monograph).


 “‘Th’ Earth’s Great Altar’: Teaching Milton Eco-critically” in Eco-Approaches to Teaching Early   

 Modern English Literature. Edited by Lynne Bruckner, Edward Geisweidt, et al. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Press, 2015. 181-92. Invited essay.

“Joyn voices all ye living souls”: Paradise Lost’s Morning Prayer and the Sensus Plenoir” in The Power of Words: Papers in Honor of Tibor Fabiny’s Sixtieth Birthday. Edited by Sára Tóth et al. Budapest, Hungary: L’Hartmattan Publishing, 2015. 327-36. Invited essay.

 “Regeneration in Books 11 and 12” in Cambridge Companion toParadise Lost.” Edited by Louis         Schwartz. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 179-92.

“Interrupting Joy in Paradise Lost,” in Milton through the Centuries. Edited by Gábor Ittzés and Miklós Péti. Budapest, Hungary: L’Hartmattan Publishing, 2012. 68-77.

“Satan’s Hope Abounding in Paradise Lost,” College English Association Critic 68.1&2 (Winter 2005/ Spring 2006): 47-59. Essay invited for Special Festschrift/Double Edition to honor John T. Shawcross.

“Milton’s View of Ireland: Reform, Reduction, and Nationalist Polity,” Milton Studies 44 (2005): 203-29.

“Hope, Land Ownership, and ‘The Paradise Within,’” Studies in English Literature (SEL) 43.1 (Winter 2003): 151-80.

“Strange Attractors: Conscience and Chaos in Milton’s Areopagitica.” In All in All: Unity, Diversity, and Miltonic Perspective, Edited by Charles W. Durham and Kristin McColgan. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1998. 232-44.

 “‘The rising world of waters dark and deep’: Chaos Theory and Paradise Lost.” Milton Studies 32 (1995): 91-110.  Reprinted with additions in Arenas of Conflict: Milton and The Unfettered Mind. Edited by Kristin McColgan and Charles W. Durham. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 1997. 140-60. (Collection won the Milton Society of America’s 1998 Irene Samuel Award for the Best Collection of Essays).

“Milton’s Praxis of Truth: Proairesis and Qualification in the Civil Liberty Tracts.” Milton Quarterly 28.3 (October 1994): 47-56.

“Truth’s Mutability: Edward Herbert’s Rhetorical Reconstructions of De Veritate.” In Rhetorical Designs for Professional and Technical Writers. Edited by William E. Tanner. Dallas: Caxton’s Modern Art Press, 1994. 103-110.

“Visions of the Future: Utopian and Apocalyptic Designs.” The College English Association Forum 23:2/24:1 (Summer/Winter 1993-94): 15-20.

“Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury.” The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Non-Dramatic Seventeenth Century Writers. Volume 121. Edited by Thomas Hester. Detroit: Gale, 1992. 163-76.

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Professor of English
Western Carolina University
Areas of Expertise/Research Interests (List All Please)
17th Century British literature
The Poetry and Prose of John Milton
Graduate Education

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