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About Michael

Michael E Bryson
Department of English
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, CA 91330
818-677-5695
michael.bryson@csun.edu


Education

PhD   English

Northwestern University 2001
MA   English Truman State University 1996
BA    English Northeast Missouri State University 1994

Publications     
Books The Atheist Milton
Ashgate Press, 2012
 2012 
The Tyranny of Heaven: Milton’s Rejection of God as King
U. Delaware Press, 2004.

Review of Tyranny of Heaven
Early Modern Literary Studies
10.1 (May, 2004).

Review of Tyranny of Heaven
Seventeenth-Century News,
62, no. 3, (2004).

Review of Tyranny of Heaven
SEL
45,1 (Winter 2005).

Review of Tyranny of Heaven
Milton Quarterly 40.3 (October, 2006)

 
2004
Book Chapters "The Gnostic Milton: Salvation and Divine Similitude in Paradise Regained"
The New Milton Criticism
. Eds. Peter C. Herman and Elizabeth Sauer, Cambridge UP, 2012, 102-19.
 2012
“The Problem of God”
Approaches to Teaching Paradise Lost. 2nd ed. Ed. Peter C. Herman. MLA Press, 2012, 76-83.
 2012
“From Last Things to First: The Apophatic Vision of Paradise Regained
Milton and the Visionary Mode: Essays on
Prophecy and Violence
. Eds. Peter E. Medine and David V. Urban. Duquesne UP, 2010, 241-65.
2010
“The Mysterious Darkness of Unknowing: Paradise Lost and the God Beyond Names”
A Poem Written In Ten Books: Paradise Lost 1667, Eds. John Shawcross and Michael Lieb. Duquesne UP, 2007, 183-212.
2007

 

JOURNAL Articles "A Poem to the Unknown God: Samson Agonistes and Negative Theology."
 Milton Quarterly, March 2008,
vol. 42, No. 1, 2008, 22-43.
2008
  “'His Tyranny Who Reigns': The Biblical Roots of Divine Kingship and Milton's Rejection of Heav'n's King
Milton Studies 43,
2004, 111-144.
 2004
 

“Dismemberment and Community: Sacrifice and the Communal Body in the Hebrew Scriptures”
Religion and Literature
35.1 (Spring 2003),  1-21.

2003
  “'That be far from thee': Divine Evil and Milton's Attempt to 'Justify the ways of God to men'
Milton Quarterly, May 2002, vol. 36, no. 2, 87-105.  
2002
  “The Horror is Us: Western Religious Memory and the Colonialist God in Heart of Darkness
Henry Street (9.1), Spring 2000, 20-39.
2000
Encyclopedia Articles Thomas Shadwell
The Age of Milton: An Encyclopedia of Major 17th-Century British and American Authors.
Ed. Alan Hager. Greenwood Press, 2004.
2004
REviews Review of Stephen Dobranski, ed. Milton in Context.
Milton Quarterly, volume 46 issue 1 (March 2012), 39-31.
2012
Review of Abraham Stoll, Milton and Monotheism.
Renaissance Quarterly, volume 62 issue 4 (1 December 2009), 1391-1392.
2009
Review of Victoria Silver, Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Milton's Irony and David Loewenstein, Representing Revolution in Milton and his Contemporaries
Religion and Literature
37.3 (Autumn 2005) 127-36.
2005
Websites

John Milton: Background, Summary, and Analysis
Site dedicated to Milton’s prose works in their historical contexts.

2000

Selected Presentations "An You Be Mine, I'll Give You to My Friend: The Dawn Song, Marriage, and the Authority of the Father in Romeo and Juliet and Paradise Lost"
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
2015
"The Gnostic Milton"
Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

2010

“From Last Things to First: The Apophatic Vision of Paradise Regained
Modern Language Association
2006

 

  "The Libertine Samson: Samson Agonistes and the Rakes of Restoration Drama"
Renaissance Society of America
2006
  Samson Agonistes And The 'Intimate Impulse': Negative Theology in Milton”
Modern Language Association
2005
  Embarassed Into Silence: Samson Agonistes as Milton's Negative Theology
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
2005
  The Satanic Samson
Eighth International Milton Symposium
2005
  The Negation of God: Samson Agonistes and Negative Theology
Newberry Library Milton Seminar
2005
  Samson Agonistes and Negative Theology
Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature, Notre Dame
2004
Panel:Crossing Through Theory: The New Milton Criticism
American Comparative Literature Association
2003
“'Though ye rebel': The Motivation for Satan’s Rebellion in Paradise Lost
Seventh Annual International Milton Symposium
2002
“To Prove that God is not the Devil”: Kingship and Milton’s Struggle to Re-Imagine God
Yale Divinity School Religion and Literature Symposium Series
2002
“'That be far from thee': Divine Evil and Milton's Attempt to 'Justify the ways of God to men'
Renaissance Conference of Southern California
2001
“'His Tyranny Who Reigns': The Biblical Roots of Divine Kingship and Milton's Rejection of “Heav'n's King
Modern Language Association 
2000
“The Tyranny of Heav'n: Milton, Magistrates and the Rhetoric of Satan's Protestantism in Paradise Lost
Renaissance Society of America
1999
“Western Religious Memory and the Colonialist God in Heart of Darkness
Northern Illinois University Conference on Language and Literature
1998

teaching
Professor of English 2014-
California State University, Northridge

Designed, taught, and evaluated
Milton, Donne and Herbert, Research Methods and Bibliography, Milton's Gods, The Bible as Literature, Restoration Drama, Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Machiavelli, 17th Century Literature

Associate Professor of English 2009-2014
California State University, Northridge
Assistant Professor of English 2004-2009
California State University, Northridge

Designed, taught, and evaluated such courses as Milton, Donne and Herbert, Research Methods and Bibliography, Milton's Gods, Restoration Drama, Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Machiavelli, 17th Century Literature, Writing About Literature, and Composition

Visiting Assistant Professor of English 2003-2004
DePaul University

Designed, taught, and evaluated such courses as Introducing Shakespeare, Bible as Literature, and Composition

Visiting Assistant Professor of English 2001-2003
Northwestern University

Designed, taught, and evaluated courses in the departments of English and Religion, including the upper division courses Topics in Religion, Studies in 17th Century Literature, Topics in Shakespeare, and Studies in Theory and Criticism,  as well as a Freshman Seminar entitled Heroes and Antiheroes, and an Introduction to Reading and Interpretation course.


Professional Memberships Milton Society of America
Modern Language Association
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
Renaissance Society of America