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The Social Vision of William Blake.

By: Ferber, Michael.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (272 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400857647.Subject(s): Blake, William, -- 1757-1827 -- Political and social views | Literature and society -- England -- History -- 18th century | Literature and society -- England -- History -- 19th century | Social problems in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Social Vision of William BlakeDDC classification: 821/.7 LOC classification: PR4148.P6 -- F4 1985Online resources: Click here to view book
Cover -- Contents -- Preface.
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Cover -- Contents -- Preface.

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As every reader of Blake knows, his poetry is saturated with social and political themes. To focus on those themes, Ferber, in this latest addition to an ever growing number of books on Blake, approaches the poet as ``a visionary socialist,'' a ``phenomenologist of liberation.'' Two methods are used: the first is one of ``integrative systematizing''; the second, ``historical contextualizing.'' In an attempt to unite both, ideology is utilized as a mediating concept in order to trace ``the impulse to system-building so urgent in Blake to specific social and historical roots.'' Finally, as if to prove Blake's ideas are most interesting when antipodal to proverbial thought, Ferber surveys what he regards as the most important points needed to triangulate Blakean social conceptualizing, in particular the dissenting world view, remnants of 17th-century enthusiasts and millenarians, artisanal dissent, and art as a standard of value. Accordingly, after the first two chapters, in which the place of ideology in literary studies as related to Blake is discussed, the remaining six chapters consider the poet's views on brotherhood, liberty, labor, feminism, time and history. The profundity of thought found in all eight chapters might not be fully comprehensible to Blake himself. To cite but one example: ``Blake seems to refer the whole elaborate eschatological drama to a peripeteia of a psychomachia, an `ultimate' moment in our personal, and perhaps also collective, spiritual lives. ...'' Useful for graduate collections only.-G.A. Cevasco, St. John's University, N.Y.

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