William Blake and Religion: A New Critical View

William Blake and Religion: A New Critical View

by Magnus Ankarsjo




Over the last ten years the field of Blake studies has profited from new discoveries about Blake’s life and work. This book examines the effect that Blake’s mother’s recently discovered Moravianism has had on our understanding of his poetry, and gives special attention to Moravianism and Swedenborgianism and their relation to his sexual politics. This is accomplished by a close reading of Blake’s poetry, which examines in detail the subjects of religion, sex, and the attempted colonization of Africa by a Swedenborgian utopian group.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786445592
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2009
Pages: 171
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Magnus Ankarsjö is a visiting university lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham in southeast England.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1. Unitarians, Swedenborgians, Moravians 11

2. Blake’s Religion 46

3. Blake’s Sexuality 70

4. Blake’s Utopian “Colony” 118

Conclusion: “Moravian” Blake 136

Chapter Notes 141

Bibliography 153

Index 159

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