DiSalvo, Jackie.

Blake, Politics, and History. - 1 online resource (470 pages) - eBooks on Demand Routledge Library Editions: William Blake . - Routledge Library Editions: William Blake .

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Original Title Page -- Original Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- Figures -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Abbreviations and Short Titles -- Part I -- Blake and the Question of Revolution -- 1. The Myth of Blake's "Orc Cycle" -- 2. Blake's Bible of Hell: Prophecy as Political Program -- 3. The Anxiety of Production: Blake's Shift from Collective Hope to Writing Self -- 4. William Blake's Figural Politics -- Blake and the Underground -- 5. "The Doom of Tyrants": William Blake, Richard "Citizen" Lee, and the Millenarian Public Sphere -- 6. Blake's Tiriel and the Regency Crisis: Lifting the Veil on a Royal Masonic Scandal -- Laboring Into Futurity: A Response -- Part II -- Art and Politics -- 7. "Lovers of Wild Rebellion": The Image of Satan in British Art of the Revolutionary Era -- 8. The Mob and "Mrs Q": William Blake, William Benbow, and the Context of Regency Radicalism -- "The French Revolution," "America" and "Europe" -- 9. Politics and Desire in Blake's The French Revolution -- 10. "The Lion & Wolf shall cease": Blake's America as a Critique of Counter-Revolutionary Violence -- 11. The Finite Revolutions of Europe -- 12. Re-Framing the Moment of Creation: Blake's Re-Visions of the Frontispiece and Title Page to Europe -- Part III -- Blake, Empire and Slavery -- 13. Empire of the Sea: Blake's "King Edward the Third" and English Imperial Poetry -- 14. Revolted Negroes and the Devilish Principle: William Blake and Conflicting Visions of Boni's Wars in Surinam, 1772-1796 -- Blake and Women -- 15. Albion and the Sexual Machine: Blake, Gender and Politics, 1780-1795. 16. Transfigured Maternity in Blake's Songs of Innocence: Inverting the "Maternity Plot" in "A Dream" -- 17. Maenads, Young Ladies, and the Lovely Daughters of Albion -- Blake, Gender and Imperial Ideology: A Response -- Works Cited -- Contributors -- Index.

First published in 1998, this book formed part of an ongoing effort to restore politics and history to the centre of Blake studies. It adopts a three pronged approach when presenting its essays, seeking to promote a return to the political Blake; to deepen the understanding of some of the conversations articulated in Blake's art by introducing new, historical material or new interpretations of texts; and to highlight differing perspectives on Blake's politics among historically focused critics. The collection contains essays with varying methodological assumptions and differing positions on questions central to historicist Blake scholarship.


Blake, William, 1757-1827 -- Political and social views.
Literature and history -- Great Britain -- History.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History.
Political poetry, English -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Social problems in literature.

Electronic books.

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