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Joseph Wittreich
Position: Distinguished Professor, Graduate School. English
Phone: (212) 873-8710
Room Number: 4406.07
Office Hours: By appointment
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University.
Research Interests: Milton, Milton's modernity, twentieth- and twenty-first century reincarnations of his last poems; the Romantics (with special interest in Blake); the Bible and literature, especially biblical hermeneutics, the prophetic books (particularly The Book of Revelation), and apocalypticism; the visionary tradition; theories of influence; reception theory; gay and lesbian literature and queer theory; feminist criticism and theory; narratology.


Selected Publications:

  • Shifting Contexts: Reinterpreting "Samson Agonistes" (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2003).
  • Feminist Milton (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1987). Pp. xxiii + 173.

  • Interpreting "Samson Agonistes" (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986). Pp. xxx. + 394. [WINNER OF THE JAMES HOLLY HANFORD AWARD presented by the Milton Society of America, December, 1987]

  • "Image of that Horror": History, Prophecy, and Apocalypse in "King Lear" (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1984). Pp. xiv. + 185. 3 illus.

  • Visionary Poetics: Milton's Tradition and His Legacy (San Marino: Huntington Library, 1979). Pp. xxv + 324. 13 illus.

  • Angel of Apocalypse: Blake's Idea of Milton (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1975). Pp. xxiii + 332. 45 illus.