The Thirteenth International Milton Symposium

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Image: Adam and Eve. Oil on canvas, 63 x 46 cm. Palazzo Barberini.

The Thirteenth International Milton Symposium will be held at the University of Toronto, Canada, 10-14 July 2023. The Symposium looks forward to welcoming scholars from across the world for five days of lively discussion and convivial exchanges.

Plenary speakers

Achsah Guibbory
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, Barnard College

Feisal Mohamed
Professor of English, Yale University

Lorna Hutson
Merton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford

Su Fang Ng
Professor of English and Clifford A. Cutchins III Professor, Virginia Tech

Nicholas McDowell
Professor of Early Modern Literature and Thought, University of Exeter

David Quint
Sterling Professor of English, Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University


Key Times
July 10 – 9:30am: Coffee and registration
July 10 – 10:45am: First plenary lecture
July 14 – 2:30pm: Conclusion of final panel session

Conference registration is now open! Please see the left sidebar for a link to the registration page, as well as to a page on hotels and accommodations in downtown Toronto offering conference rates for IMS 2023.

For general reference, please see the CRRS resource page on visiting Toronto here.

The submission deadline for paper and roundtable proposals was 31 July. All applicants should have received a response to their proposal. Please direct any inquiries, general or proposal-related, to

Conference topics include:

Atlantic, Pacific, and Global Milton
Milton in the Americas, Milton in Canada
Comparative epic, classical reception, humanism
Rhetoric, language, translingualism
Lyric, music, voice 
Genre, form, adaptation
Illustration, graphic narrative, film
Cultures of reading: print, manuscript, DH
Romance, utopia, science fiction
Milton’s schoolrooms
Divorce, toleration, censorship
Chastity, marriage, polygamy
Gender, sexuality, asexuality, queerness
Theology, heresy, orthodoxy
Political theology; law and literature

Sovereignty, kingship, tyranny
Colony, empire, archipelago
Church, corporation, nation
Disability, blindness, plague
Monism, dualism, vitalism, mechanism
Animal, human, angel, deity
Ecology, environment, infrastructure
Anthropology, ethnography, indigeneity
Service, servitude, slavery, race
Milton’s Shakespeare
Milton and Cavendish
Milton and Spenser
Milton and Hobbes
Milton and . . . 
Milton studies now

Presented by the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, Canada Research Chair Program and the Department of English at the University of Toronto.