• Applied Blake: Milton's Response to Empire

    Author(s):
    Roger Whitson (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Group(s):
    CLCS Romantic and 19th-Century, LLC English Romantic, TC Marxism, Literature, and Society, TC Philosophy and Literature
    Subject(s):
    British literature, Cultural studies, Literary theory, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    npm17
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6WG69
    Abstract:
    Studying William Blake means studying the event of history, the way history merges with and emerges within theology, politics and philosophy. William Blake’s poetry has had a precarious relationship with history; his work resonates from very specific historical concerns and yet also seems to struggle against being confined to any formal historical scheme. Blake’s poetry is, to quote Anotonio Negri’s characterization of Spinoza’s thought, “monsterous” (4). It has an “internal leap that dislocates its significance onto diverse horizons” (5). The monstrosity of Blake’s poetry, its struggle to displace history, even as it is quite obviously part of history, makes reading and studying Blake a singularly uncanny experience. To read Blake, one must constantly find new ways to apply Blake, to renew Blake, to dislocate Blake onto new horizons that can be applicable to contemporary, and ever-changing, concerns.
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Journal:
    Interdisciplinary Literary Studies
    Volume:
    9
    Start Page:
    87
    End Page:
    101
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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