Blake, nationalism, and the politics of alienation /
Julia M. Wright.
Athens : Ohio University Press, c2004.
xxxiii, 230 p. : ill.
0821415190 (alk. paper)
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Athens : Ohio University Press, c2004.
0821415190 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Author Affiliation
Julia M. Wright is an associate professor of English and film studies and Canada Research Chair in English at Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Appeared in Choice on 2004-11-01:
With this provocative, powerfully argued, and elegantly written study, Wright (Wilfrid Laurier Univ.) makes a significant contribution to efforts to enlarge Blake's reputation by exploring some of the less emphasized and less understood strands of thought in some of his works. She treats Poetical Sketches, The Laocoon, the so-called Lambeth Prophecies (Europe, America), Visions of the Daughters of Albion, Milton, and Jerusalem and convincingly establishes that Blake argues for a richer conception of the relationship of an individual within a community, be it family, culture, nation, or empire. Contextualizing Blake's work in terms of dominant trends in art theory and the influences on British nationalism of the cultures of classical Greece and Rome, she looks at Blake's subtle and complex positioning of multiple perspectives in relationship both to one another and to the text's conceptual and historical context. And she does a remarkable job of elucidating the radical views Blake conveyed with stylistic choices that embody his contention in the cultural values of his culture. Wright emphasizes one important effect of Blake's disorienting style: creation of an active rather than a passive reader. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. Klein Quincy University
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Despite his reputation as a staunch individualist and repeated attacks on institutions that constrain the individual's imagination, Julia Wright argues that William Blake rarely represents isolation positively and explores his concern with the kind of national community being established.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: Nationality, Individuality, and Defamiliarizationp. xiii
The Line of Progress: Blake's Laocoon and Classicist Theories of Artp. 1
"Whence Came They": Contesting National Narrativep. 27
"How Different the World to Them": Revolutionary Heterogeneity and Alienationp. 57
"And None Shall Gather the Leaves": Unbinding the Voice in America and Europep. 89
"A State About to be Created": Modeling the Nation in Miltonp. 111
"Artfully Propagated": Hybridity, Disease, and the Transformation of the Body Politicp. 135
Conclusionp. 169
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 209
Indexp. 225
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