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Blake and Conflict
Edited by Sarah Haggarty and Jon Mee
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
28 Nov 2008
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'Without contraries is no progression', wrote Blake in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Although he is often regarded as an otherworldly mystic, Blake was profoundly interested in the philosophical and political issues of his time. Accused by his contemporaries of an 'unbending deportment', he often acted on his sense of 'Opposition' as 'true Friendship'. Conflict was integral to Blake's artistic vision, and his style, but it had more to do with critical engagement than any urge to victory. The essays in this volume conflict as it marked Blake's thinking on politics, religion and the visual arts across the span of his career.


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'Without contraries is no progression', wrote Blake in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Although he is often regarded as an otherworldly mystic, Blake was profoundly interested in the philosophical and political issues of his time. Accused by his contemporaries of an 'unbending deportment', he often acted on his sense of 'Opposition' as 'true Friendship'. Conflict was integral to Blake's artistic vision, and his style, but it had more to do with critical engagement than any urge to victory. The essays in this volume conflict as it marked Blake's thinking on politics, religion and the visual arts across the span of his career.


Reviews

'...Blake and Conflict illuminates hosts of both expected and unexpected tussles, and while some ruffians will have hoped for a splash more blood on the carpet, its charming editors won't at all mind that objection' - British Association for Romantic Studies
 
'...one essay can't do everything, and this one does a great deal both to extend knowledge of Blake's intellectual and historical contexts and in the polemical essays, to sustain an ongoing debate over his complicity with or defiance of ideologies of oppression.' - Blake/ An Illustrated Quarterly
 
'Mee and Haggarty have provided a substantial addition to Palgrave Macmillan's impressive and ongoing Blake list...' -European Romantic Review


Contents


Contents
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction; J.Mee and S.Haggarty
Blake and the Ontology of Empire; S.Makdisi
'A wise tale of the Mahometans': Blake and Islam, 1819-26; A.Whitehead
Blake, the Female Prophet, and the American Agent: The Evidence of the 1789 Swedenborg Conference Attendance List; D.Worrall
Impurity of Diction: The 'Harlots Curse' and Dirty Words; S.Matthews
'She cuts his heart out at his side': Blake, Christianity, and Political Virtue; D.Fallon
From Donation to Demand? Almsgiving and the 'Annotations to Thornton'; S.Haggarty
'A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action': Mutuality, Converse, and Mental Fight; J.Mee
Shadows in the Cave: Refocusing Vision in Blake's Creation Myth; S.Erle
A Minute Skirmish: Blake, Hayley, and the Art of Miniature Painting; M.Crosby
Blake and the Literary Galleries; L.Calè
Blake's Poems on Art and Artists; M.D.Paley
Index


Authors


SARAH HAGGARTY is Janice Scott Junior Research Fellow in English at University College, Oxford, UK.
JON MEE is Professor of Romanticism Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His other works include Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s. He is currently a Philip J. Leverhulme Major Research Fellow working on the idea of conversation in the Romantic period.