Paradise Lost Marathon
In January 2009, the students in Carol Gilbertson's Milton class (English 363) hosted a marathon of John Milton's great Christian epic, Paradise Lost. We invited students from across campus, faculty, staff, and other Decorahites to come and read for a fifteen-minute stretch. We set up in the Union next to Oneota Market, so people could wander by, listen to the great words and dramatic story for a half-hour, and then move on. Or they could stay and listen for a few hours (one or two people listened for the whole 9 1/2 hours!). One class member drew pencil sketches of various readers, and a member of the class regularly updated the whiteboard to let the audience know what book we were currently in, and what the dramatic action was--complete with comic sketches of the story.
To view the many readers, click on the first photo and then follow the arrows through the slideshow.