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Blake and homosexuality /
Christopher Z. Hobson.
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New York ; Houndmills : Palgrave, 2000.
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xxii, 249 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0312234511
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New York ; Houndmills : Palgrave, 2000.
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0312234511
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4198165
 
Gift to Victoria University Library (Blake no. 1888). Bentley, G.E., Jr. 2005/10/01.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
Christopher Z. Hobson is Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
Hobson explains Blake's changing representations of homosexuality as examples of Blake's polemics about British society. Author of The Chained Boy (CH, Jan'00) and coeditor (with Jackie DiSalvo and G.A. Rosso) of Blake, Politics, and History, Hobson (SUNY, College at Old Westbury) writes with both scholarly knowledge of the history of homosexuality in relation to public issues in Britain and specific knowledge of Blake. From an early "poetics of masculinity," representation of social relations in Blake's verbal and visual art changed over time; Blake developed a "criticism of aggressive masculinity" in The Four Zoas and (in Milton) "an emblem of the revolutionary and prophetic responsibilities of poetry and of the poet as a public tribune transforming the consciousness of the nation." Hobson makes judicious and specific use of his knowledge of British history of the 17th century and of the period of the Napoleonic wars. Offering discussions of Blake's visual illustrations to Milton's works and his own and a chapter on Jerusalem as a "synthesis" of Blake's ideas about homosexuality and economic and political justice, this book subordinates the specific example (homosexuality and its persecution) to larger themes in a way that makes the book valuable for Blake studies in general. Thorough notes, bibliography, index. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. Hoagwood Texas A&M University
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"In this careful and important study, Hobson argues that the critical record has distorted Blake's treatment of homosexuality..."--Judith C. Mueller, Eighteenth-Century Studies "Hobson works thoroughly and logically to introduce a complex and important set of new meanings into both fields of British Romanticism and Blake studies." --The Wordsworth Circle
"In this careful and important study, Hobson argues that the critical record has distorted Blake's treatment of homosexuality..."--Judith C. Mueller, Eighteenth-Century Studies "Hobson works thoroughly and logically to introduce a complex and important set of new meanings into both fields of British Romanticism and Blake studies." - -The Wordsworth Circle
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Against the backdrop of Britain's underground 18th and early-19th century homosexual culture, mob persecutions, and executions of homosexuals, Hobson shows how Blake's hatred of sexual and religious hypocrisy and state repression, and his revolutionary social vision, led him gradually to accept homosexuality as an integral part of human sexuality. In the process, Blake rejected the antihomosexual bias of British radical tradition, revised his idealization of aggressive male heterosexuality and his male-centered view of gender, and refined his conception of the cooperative commonwealth.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. x
Abbreviationsp. xxi
Eighteenth-Century Homosexuality and the Republican Traditionp. 1
Blake and the Poetics of Masculinityp. 23
Homosexuality, Resistance, and Apocalypse: The Four Zoasp. 49
History, Homosexuality, and Milton's Legacyp. 77
The Cruelties of Moral Law: Homosexuality and the Revision of Miltonp. 113
Blake's Synthesis: Jerusalemp. 145
Conclusionp. 175
Notesp. 191
Works Citedp. 223
Indexp. 237
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