Thomas H. Luxon

Academic Appointments

Professor of English

In teaching and scholarship, I have focused on literature of the English Renaissance and Reformation, with a particular interest in John Milton, John Bunyan, John Dryden, and 17th-century English religion and politics. I am keenly interested in technological innovations for teaching and learning. I served from 2004 to 2013 as the inaugural Cheheyl Professor and director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning.

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Jewish Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
A.B. Brown University
A.M. University of Chicago
Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

Book:  “Single Imperfection”: Milton, Marriage and Friendship. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2005

Book:  Literal Figures: Puritan Allegory and the Reformation Crisis in Representation. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1995

Edition:  The John Milton Reading Room, an online study edition of Milton's complete poetry and selected prose, (

Edition: John Milton's Eikonoklastes (1650). An online study edition in The John Milton Reading Room with new annotations, hyperlinked resources and a new introduction.

Article: “Heroic Friendship in Dryden’s Troilus and Cressida”   Studies in Philology 114 (2017): 197-221

Article: “Heroic Restorations: Dryden and Milton,” in Milton Studies 59 (2018): 199-230.

Article: “ Apprenticeship in Learning Design for Literature Courses ”  in Arts and Humanities in Higher Education online at  February 2016

“What is English” in What is…? A Guided Tour of the Liberal Arts, Ed. Daniel Rockmore. Forthcoming from University Press of New England, 2017

Edition: John Milton. Latin epigrams from the Defense of the English People and the Second Defense. New English translations, introductions and annotations, 2015 (

Edition: John Milton. The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth. A new edition with introduction and annotations, 2015. (


“The Early Milton,” an entry for the Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature,  Volume 2: 1558-1660, ed. Patrick Cheney and Philip Hardie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 641-55

Article:  “‘How Human Life Began’: Milton’s Adam in Paradise Lost Book 9,” in Sex Before Sex, edited by William Stockton, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2013, 263-90.

Article:  “Teaching Paradise Lost with an Online Edition” in Approaches to Teaching Paradise Lost, 2nd ed. Ed. Peter Herman. New York: Modern Language Association Press, 2012, 189-91.

Article:  Vicki V. May, Thomas H. Luxon, Kathy Weaver, Rachel Esselstein, and Cynthia Char. "Development of Case Stories by Interviewing Students about their Critical Moments in Science, Math, and Engineering Classes." Numeracy:  Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy: The Electronic Journal of the National Numeracy Network 1.1 (2008) (

Article:  With Thomas Cormen and others, “Sources and Citation at Dartmouth College: why learning to cite sources is an essential part of your education.” Online at

Article:  “One Soul vs. One Flesh: Friendship, Marriage, and the Puritan Self” in Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan, ed. Vera Camden. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007

Article:  “Milton and the Web” in Laura Lunger Knoppers & Gregory M. Colon Semenza, eds. Milton and Popular Culture.  New York: Macmillan Palgrave, 2006

Article:  “Humanist Marriage and the Comedy of Errors.” Renaissance and Reformation 37 ed. Elizabeth Sauer and Jennifer Anderson (2001, pub. 2003): 45-65

Article: “Milton’s ‘Wedded Love’: Not About Sex (as we know it).” Milton Studies 40, edited by Albert C. Labriola.  Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002, 38-60 (

A new annotated edition of John Milton’s The Readie and Easie Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth., 2016

“What is English” in What is…? What are the Arts and Sciences (a guide for the curious), ed. Daniel Rockmore. Hanover NH: University Press of New England, 2017

Article:  "A Second Daniel: The Jew and the "True Jew" in The Merchant of Venice." Early Modern Literary Studies 4.3 (January, 1999): 1-31 (

Article: “Rough Trade: Milton as Ajax in the Place of Punishment.”  Prose Studies: Literature, History, Theory 19 (1996): 282-91

Article: “‘Other men’s words’ and Bunyan’s ‘New-birth,’” Texas Studies in Language and Literature 36 (1994): 260-89

Article: “‘Not I but Christ’: Puritan Allegories of the Self,” ELH 60 (1993): 899-937

Article: “‘Sentence’ and 'Solaas': Particular Grief in The Knight's Tale.Chaucer Review 22 (1988): 13-35

Article: Calvin and Bunyan on Word and Image: Is There a Text in Interpreter's House?” English Literary Renaissance 18 (1988): 438-459

Article: “The Pilgrim's Passive Progress: Luther and Bunyan on Talking and Doing, Word and Way.” ELH 53 (1986): 73-98

Article: “Queering as Critical Practice in Reading Paradise Lost” in Queer Milton edited David Orvis. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 45-63

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Works in progress

"Milton’s Domestic Heroism: The Separation Conversation in Paradise Lost  Book 9"

Selected works and activities

Collaborative edition: With Jayne Caron ’14 and Katie Kilkenny ‘14, John Milton’s Reason of Church Government, with new annotations and an introduction (

Collaborative edition: With Jayne Caron ‘14 and Katie Kilkenny ‘14, John Milton’s “At a Vacation Exercise,” a new edition with annotations and introduction (

Collaborative edition: With Cordelia Zukerman ‘06. John Milton, Paradise Lost, a new edition with introduction and annotations. John Milton Reading Room. (

Collaborative edition: With Laura Ferrell ‘04. John Milton, Samson Agonistes, a new edition with introduction and annotations. John Milton Reading Room, 2004. (

Collaborative edition: With Glenn Buchberger ‘04. John Milton, “Elegia Prima” and “Elegia Sexta,” new translations from Latin, introductions and annotations. John Milton Reading Room, 2002. (

Collaborative edition: With Katherine Lynch ‘02. John Milton, Of Education, a new edition with introduction and annotations. John Milton Reading Room. 2001 (

Collaborative edition: With students and Presidential Scholars, John Milton, Poems 1645, new editions of the 1645 lyric poems with annotations and introductions. John Milton Reading Room, 2000 (

Edition: John Milton, Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, a new edition with introduction and annotations. John Milton Reading Room, 2000 (

Edition: John Milton, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates, a new edition with introduction and annotations. John Milton Reading Room, 2002 (

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