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Introduction

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

Abstract

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.”

Keywords

Normal Science Ancient Constitution Christian Doctrine Paradise Lost Interpretive Community 
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© Peter C. Herman 2005

Authors and Affiliations

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

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