Presented by James Ross Macdonald, PhD, associate professor of English, University of the South

Join Dr. James Ross Macdonald for a gallery talk that will explore the influences of English poet John Milton on Matthew Ritchie: A Garden in the Flood. Drawing from passages in Milton’s Paradise Lost, Macdonald will discuss Milton’s examination of order and chaos in the epic poem and its thematic relevance to Ritchie’s work.

About James Ross Macdonald 

A member of the English department at the University of the South since 2013, Dr. James Ross Macdonald teaches Milton, Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and English drama to 1642. His essays have appeared in Studies in PhilologySpenser Studies, and Ben Jonson Journal, as well as in the edited collections Forms of Faith: Literary Form and Religious Conflict in Early Modern England (2017) and Scholarly Milton (2019). In recent years, he has also taught regularly for the interdisciplinary humanities program and the Sewanee School of Letters.

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