• Roger Whitson deposited Digital Blake 2.0 in the group Group logo of LLC English RomanticLLC English Romantic on MLA Commons 7 years, 10 months ago

    In an essay entitled “Digital Blake,” J. Hillis-Miller (2006) asks a question which dominates discussions of William Blake’s relationship to New Media: “[w]ould Blake have approved of the William Blake Archive?” (p29). The Archive has itself been the focus of enormous theoretical reflection. The “Articles about the Archive” section on the Archive website lists 54 journal articles, reviews, and miscellanea that either discuss the archive or use its resources. The William Blake Archive has also been a major influence on developing the theory and praxis of what has come to be known as the digital humanities. An influential introductory text on the digital humanities, A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2007), features William Blake’s Newton print on its cover, as an apparent homage to the work done in the Archive. Furthermore, John Walsh’s article in the Companion suggests that the Archive persuasively argues for “the transformative power of digital literary scholarship to overcome previous ‘technological and economic obstructions’.” As a tool for scholars, there can be no doubt that The William Blake Archive has shown the centrality of Blake in debates over the future of digital literary study.