William Blake's Comic Vision

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This study uncovers a vital thematic unity within Blake's early work: his far-reaching use of humor. Although often dismissed as a product of his eccentricity, the comic was an essential key to Blake's concept of Vision. With special reference to Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque, this book offers new readings of Blake's works, demonstrating how he was influenced by contemporary theatre, verbal and visual satirists and the Shakespearean ...

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Overview

This study uncovers a vital thematic unity within Blake's early work: his far-reaching use of humor. Although often dismissed as a product of his eccentricity, the comic was an essential key to Blake's concept of Vision. With special reference to Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque, this book offers new readings of Blake's works, demonstrating how he was influenced by contemporary theatre, verbal and visual satirists and the Shakespearean clown.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312220648
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/18/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Rawlinson is Lecturer in English at Queen Mary and Westfield College at the University of London.

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Table of Contents

Songs of Pleasant Glee
• Absurd Tales and Strait Waistcoats
• Laughter in the Community
• Talking of Virtuous Cats
• To Sing the Sweet Chorus of Ha, Ha, He
• Index

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