William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

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University of Chicago Press, 2007 M11 1 - 412 páginas
Modern scholars often find it difficult to account for the profound eccentricities in the work of William Blake, dismissing them as either ahistorical or simply meaningless. But with this pioneering study, Saree Makdisi develops a reliable and comprehensive framework for understanding these peculiarities. According to Makdisi, Blake's poetry and drawings should compel us to reconsider the history of the 1790s. Tracing for the first time the many links among economics, politics, and religion in his work, Makdisi shows how Blake questioned and even subverted the commercial, consumerist, and political liberties that his contemporaries championed, all while developing his own radical aesthetic.

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1 Introduction
1
William Blake and the Cultural Politics of Liberty in the 1790s
16
3 Laboring at the Mill with Slaves
78
Image and Commodity in Blake
155
5 Blake and Romantic Imperialism
204
6 Impossible History and the Politics of Life
260
Striving
313
Notes
325
Bibliography
369
Index
385
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Saree Makdisi is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Romantic Imperialism: Universal Empire and the Culture of Modernity.

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