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Numerous claims have been staked for the sexual Blake, from post-lapsarian pessimist to free-loving hippie; Queer Blake enters this lively competition by raising a flag for the weird, perverse, camp and gay dimensions of the artist's life and work. Contributors occupy diverse positions in relation to Blake's queerness, from sceptical to propagandist.  Together, they illustrate what fresh interpretations result when heterosexuality is ditched as a cherished ideal.
 
Biographical and historical queer contextualization ranges from homoerotic patronage to abolotionist same-sex slave fantasies.  Various deployments of Queer Theory interrogate sexuality and performativity in Blake, and in turn scrutinise contemporary theories under a Blakean spotlight.  A dual focus also marks the collection's discussions of visual art: a queer gaze is turned on Blake's bodies, but perverse contemporary art is also assessed from Blakean perspectives.  Featuring an original work by an award-winning poet, this lively new volume fills a significant gap in Blake Studies.


Description


Numerous claims have been staked for the sexual Blake, from post-lapsarian pessimist to free-loving hippie; Queer Blake enters this lively competition by raising a flag for the weird, perverse, camp and gay dimensions of the artist's life and work. Contributors occupy diverse positions in relation to Blake's queerness, from sceptical to propagandist.  Together, they illustrate what fresh interpretations result when heterosexuality is ditched as a cherished ideal.
 
Biographical and historical queer contextualization ranges from homoerotic patronage to abolotionist same-sex slave fantasies.  Various deployments of Queer Theory interrogate sexuality and performativity in Blake, and in turn scrutinise contemporary theories under a Blakean spotlight.  A dual focus also marks the collection's discussions of visual art: a queer gaze is turned on Blake's bodies, but perverse contemporary art is also assessed from Blakean perspectives.  Featuring an original work by an award-winning poet, this lively new volume fills a significant gap in Blake Studies.


Reviews

"Queer Blake engraves into our critical consciousness the capacious, "roving" ambisexual aesthetics and poetic pan-eroticism that make him a queer icon." - TLS


Contents

List of Figures
Notes on the Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: 'What is now proved was once, only imagin'd'; H.Bruder & T.Connolly
Pansexuality (regained); H. Kidd
Blake and the Evolution of Same Sex Subjectivity; C.Z.Hobson
Blake and the Queering of Jouissance; R.C.Sha
Drawing Lines: Bodies, Sexualities and Performance in The Four Zoas; P.Otto
Anal Blake: Bringing Up the Rear in Blakean Criticism; E.Effinger
The Body of the Blasphemer; M.Myrone
Trannies, Amputees and Disco Queens: Blake and Contemporary Queer Art; J.Whittaker
'Real Acting': 'Felpham Billy' and Grayson Perry Try It On; H.Bruder 
'Fear not / To unfold your dark visions of torment': Blake and Emin's Bad Sex Aesthetic; T.Connolly
'Woes& ... sighs': Fantasies of Slavery in Visions of the Daughters of Albion; B.Stevens
'The lineaments of desire': Blake's Visions of the Daughters of Albion and Romantic Literary Treatments of Rape; C.Jackson-Houlston
'Yet I am an identity / I wish& feel& weep& groan': Blake's Sentimentalism as (Peri)Performative; S.Clark
'By a False Wife Brought to the Gates of Death': Blake, Politics and Transgendered Performances; D.Fallon
'No Boys Work': Blake, Hayley and the Triumphs of (Intellectual) Paiderastia; M.Crosby
'Hayley on his Toilette': Blake, Hayley and Homophobia; S.Matthews 
'My little Cane Sofa and the Bust of Sappho': Elizabeth Iremonger and the Female World of Book-Collecting; K.Davies
Index


Authors

HELEN P. BRUDER is an independent scholar and author of William Blake and the Daughters of Albion (1997), 'Blake and Gender Studies' in Palgrave Advances in William Blake Studies (ed. Nicholas M. Williams, 2006) and edited Women Reading William Blake (2007).
 
TRISTANNE CONNOLLY is Assistant Professor in the English Department at St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo, Canada. She is the author of William Blake and the Body (2002) and articles on various aspects of Blake.  She is co-editor, with Steve Clark, of Liberating Medicine 1720-1835 (2009).