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Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment

The Politics of Apotheosis

Authors: Fallon, David

  • Questions the common (mis)apprehension/representation of Blake as simply anti-Enlightenment
  • Approaches Blake’s appropriation of, and engagement with, myth in political terms
  • Looks at a broad range of Blake’s work, from the 1780s-1800s
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This book provides compelling new readings of William Blake’s poetry and art, including the first sustained account of his visionary paintings of Pitt and Nelson. It focuses on the recurrent motif of apotheosis, both as a figure of political authority to be demystified but also as an image of utopian possibility. It reevaluates Blake’s relationship to Enlightenment thought, myth, religion, and politics, from The French Revolution to Jerusalem and The Laocoön. The book combines careful attention to cultural and historical contexts with close readings of the texts and designs, providing an innovative account of Blake’s creative transformations of Enlightenment, classical, and Christian thought.

About the authors

David Fallon is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland, UK. From 2009-12 he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has published on Blake and on eighteenth-century and Romantic-period booksellers, and co-edited Romanticism and Revolution: A Reader (2011) with Jon Mee. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘A Saint Amongst the Infidels & a Heretic with the Orthodox’

    Fallon, David

    Pages 1-30

  • ‘The Deep Indelible Stain’: Apotheosis in the Eighteenth Century

    Fallon, David

    Pages 31-61

  • ‘Spirits of Fire’: Ambiguous Figures in The French Revolution

    Fallon, David

    Pages 63-87

  • ‘Breathing! Awakening!’: Contesting and Transforming Apotheosis in America a Prophecy

    Fallon, David

    Pages 89-121

  • ‘The Night of Holy Shadows’: Europe and Loyalist Reaction

    Fallon, David

    Pages 123-161

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39035-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-39034-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment
Book Subtitle
The Politics of Apotheosis
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39035-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39035-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39034-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 343
Number of Illustrations and Tables
19 b/w illustrations
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