Blake, Politics, and History

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Table of Contents

Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations and Short Titles
Pt. I Blake and the Question of Revolution
1 The Myth of Blake's "Orc Cycle" 5
2 Blake's Bible of Hell: Prophecy as Political Program 37
3 The Anxiety of Production: Blake's Shift from Collective Hope to Writing Self 53
4 William Blake's Figural Politics 80
5 "The Doom of Tyrants": William Blake, Richard "Citizen" Lee, and the Millenarian Public Sphere 97
6 Blake's Tiriel and the Regency Crisis: Lifting the Veil on a Royal Masonic Scandal 115
Laboring Into Futurity: A Response 136
Pt. II Art and Politics
7 "Lovers of Wild Rebellion": The Image of Satan in British Art of the Revolutionary Era 149
8 The Mob and "Mrs Q": William Blake, William Benbow, and the Context of Regency Radicalism 169
9 Politics and Desire in Blake's The French Revolution 187
10 "The Lion & Wolf shall cease": Blake's America as a Critique of Counter-Revolutionary Violence 196
11 The Finite Revolutions of Europe 212
12 Re-Framing the Moment of Creation: Blake's Re-Visions of the Frontispiece and Title Page to Europe 235
Pt. III Blake, Empire and Slavery
13 Empire of the Sea: Blake's "King Edward the Third" and English Imperial Poetry 251
14 Revolted Negroes and the Devilish Principle: William Blake and Conflicting Visions of Boni's Wars in Surinam, 1772-1796 273
15 Albion and the Sexual Machine: Blake, Gender and Politics, 1780-1795 301
16 Transfigured Maternity in Blake's Songs of Innocence: Inverting the "Maternity Plot" in "A Dream" 325
17 Maenads, Young Ladies, and the Lovely Daughters of Albion 339
Blake, Gender and Imperial Ideology: A Response 350
Works Cited 354
Contributors 377
Index 380
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