Rosso Jr., George A. Jr.

Blake, Politics, and History. - Taylor and Francis, 2013. - 1 online resource (469 p.) - eBooks on Demand Wellesley Studies in Critical Theory, Literary History and Culture . - Wellesley Studies in Critical Theory, Literary History and Culture .

Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- 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

This anthology of essays charts the work of William Blake - combining traditional and current historicist methods with a plurality of other approaches. While many essays here recuperate a radical Blake opposed to imperialism, slavery, and patriarchy, differences emerge over the nature of Blake's radicalism and his stance on revolution, violence, and democratic pluralism. Contributors may champion a Blake critical of patriarchal discourse and practice, but they remain cautious about Blake's "homocentric" solutions. In the "Blake and women" section, authors seek to reorient discussions by connecting Blake to historical issues concerning women, particularly domestic ideology and the idealised female of the conduct books..

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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.


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