“Normal” Interpretation and the Protocols of Milton Criticism: Or, How the Interpretation of Milton Really Works
  • Peter C. Herman


In 1991, the Milton Society of America named Stanley E. Fish an “Honored Scholar,” and at the conclusion of his acceptance speech, Fish described an encounter with a waitress in a local restaurant. After giving her his credit card:1

[She] asked, “are you Stanley Fish the Miltonist?” Not, “are you Stanley Fish, the guy who believes that words mean anything you want them to mean?”; not, “Are you Stanley Fish, the person who is destroying Western civilization?”: but, “Are you Stanley Fish the Miltonist?” … I gave with pleasure the answer I give now, “Yes, I am Stanley Fish, the Miltonist.”


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© Peter C. Herman 2005

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  • Peter C. Herman
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  1. 1.San Diego State UniversityUSA

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