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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226502600

ISBN-13: 9780226502601

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


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

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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

Contents
List of Illustrations....................ix
Preface and Acknowledgments....................xi
1. Introduction....................1
2. Fierce Rushing: William Blake and the Cultural Politics of Liberty in the 1790s....................16
3. Laboring at the Mill with Slaves....................78
4. Weary of Time: Image and Commodity in Blake....................155
5. Blake and Romantic Imperialism....................204
6. Impossible History and the Politics of Life....................260
7. Conclusion: Striving....................313
Notes....................325
Bibliography....................369
Index....................385

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