Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s

Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s

by Jon Mee
ISBN-10:
0198122268
ISBN-13:
9780198122265
Pub. Date:
08/28/1992
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA

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Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s

William Blake's work presents a stern challenge to historical criticism. Jon Mee's study meets that challenge by investigating contexts outside the domain of standard literary histories. He traces the distinctive rhetoric of the illuminated books to the French Revolution controversy of the 1790s and Blake's fusion of the diverse currents of radicalism abroad in that decade. Dangerous Enthusiasm presents a more comprehensively politicized picture of Blake than any previous study. It is supported by a wealth of original research which will be of interest to historians and literary critics alike. Blake emerges from these pages as a "bricoleur" who fused the language of London's popular dissenting culture with the more skeptical radicalism of the Enlightenment. His prophetic books are shown to be less the expressions of isolated genius than the products of a complex response to the cultural politics of his contemporaries.

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ISBN-13: 9780198122265
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.86(d)

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