Imagining Nature: Blake's Environmental Poetics

Imagining Nature: Blake's Environmental Poetics

by Kevin Hutchings
     
 

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By examining the major uses William Blake and his important precursors, contemporaries, and critics made of nature in their work, Hutchings (English, U. of Northern British Columbia) hopes to delineate an alternative, distinctly Blakean view of the relationship between humanity and nature that challenges the traditional Western notion that humans should exercise a

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By examining the major uses William Blake and his important precursors, contemporaries, and critics made of nature in their work, Hutchings (English, U. of Northern British Columbia) hopes to delineate an alternative, distinctly Blakean view of the relationship between humanity and nature that challenges the traditional Western notion that humans should exercise a hierarchical and narrowly anthropocentric dominion over the entire non-human portion of creation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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"This is an outstanding, provocative, paradigm-shifting book. It questions the view of Northrop Frye, which has generally prevailed in Blake studies for the last half century, that Blake regarded Nature as "miserably cruel, wasteful, purposeless, chaotic and half dead." It proposes instead that Blake envisioned an environmental poetics that celebrates natural cycles, in which every thing that lives is holy. This argument is advanced with commendable clarity, compelling evidence, and dialectical vigor. This is one of those rare and valuable books that leads its readers to question the established tenets of criticism without seeking to score debater's points or resorting to crude iconoclasm." James McKusick, Department of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773523432
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
05/05/2003
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.69(d)

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