William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s / Edition 1

William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s / Edition 1

by Saree Makdisi
     
 


Modern scholars often find it difficult to account for the profound eccentricities in the work of William Blake, dismissing them as either ahistorical or simply meaningless. But with this pioneering study, Saree Makdisi develops a reliable and comprehensive framework for understanding these peculiarities. According to Makdisi, Blake's poetry and drawings should… See more details below

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Modern scholars often find it difficult to account for the profound eccentricities in the work of William Blake, dismissing them as either ahistorical or simply meaningless. But with this pioneering study, Saree Makdisi develops a reliable and comprehensive framework for understanding these peculiarities. According to Makdisi, Blake's poetry and drawings should compel us to reconsider the history of the 1790s. Tracing for the first time the many links among economics, politics, and religion in his work, Makdisi shows how Blake questioned and even subverted the commercial, consumerist, and political liberties that his contemporaries championed, all while developing his own radical aesthetic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226502601
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Fierce Rushing: William Blake and the Cultural Politics of Liberty in the 1790's16
3Laboring at the Mill with Slaves78
4Weary of Time: Image and Commodity in Blake155
5Blake and Romantic Imperialism204
6Impossible History and the Politics of Life260
7Conclusion: Striving313
Notes325
Bibliography369
Index385

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