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Author Makdisi, Saree.

Title William Blake and the impossible history of the 1790s / Saree Makdisi
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 394 pages) : illustrations
Contents Fierce rushing : William Blake and the cultural politics of liberty in the 1790s -- Laboring at the mill with slaves -- Weary of time : image and commodity in blake -- Blake and romantic imperialism -- Impossible history and the politics of life -- Conclusion : striving
Summary 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 poli
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-384) and index
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Subject Blake, William, 1757-1827 -- Political and social views.
Blake, William, 1757-1827 -- Religion.
Antinomianism in literature.
Economics in literature.
Imperialism in literature.
Liberty in literature.
Political poetry, English -- History and criticism.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Slavery in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226502597 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226502600 (paperback; alk. paper)
0226502619 (electronic bk.)
9780226502595 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226502601 (paperback; alk. paper)
9780226502618 (electronic bk.)