Ideology and Utopia in the Poetry of William Blake

Ideology and Utopia in the Poetry of William Blake

by Nicholas M. Williams
     
 

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William Blake's unusual sensitivity to social context has often been noted. Nicholas Williams situates Blake's thought historically by examining detailed readings of Blake's major poems alongside such contemporary parallels as Rousseau's Emile, Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.… See more details below

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William Blake's unusual sensitivity to social context has often been noted. Nicholas Williams situates Blake's thought historically by examining detailed readings of Blake's major poems alongside such contemporary parallels as Rousseau's Emile, Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France. The author offers revealing new insights into key Blake texts and draws attention to their inclusion of social determinism, theories of ideology-critique and traditions of twentieth-century utopias.

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"His discussion of Blake and gender, his comparison of the Blakean view of history to Burkean historiography, and his placing of Blake's apocalyptic works and his Jerusalem in critical juxtaposition to The Rights of Man and to Robert Owens's experiments in early socialism allow us to read Blake in a context that is all too often ignored in Blake studies." Joseph W. Childers

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ISBN-13:
9780521026840
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism Series, #28
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

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