Blake and the Failure of Prophecy

Authors: Cogan, Lucy

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  • Explores Blake’s prophetic mode as a dynamic response to momentous political change
  • Draws on Ricoeur’s hermeneutics to provide a fresh theoretical framework to analyse Blake’s writing and revisions
  • Charts Blake’s evolving attitude to prophecy and vision over the course of his life
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This monograph reorients discussion of Blake’s prophetic mode, revealing it to be not a system in any formal sense, but a dynamic, human response to an era of momentous historical change when the future Blake had foreseen and the reality he was faced with could not be reconciled. At every stage, Blake’s writing confronts the central problem of all politically minded literature: how texts can become action. Yet he presents us with no single or, indeed, conclusive answer to this question and in this sense it can be said that he fails. Blake, however, never stopped searching for a way that prophecy might be made to live up to its promise in the present. The twentieth-century hermeneuticist Paul Ricoeur shared with Blake a preoccupation with the relationship between time, text and action. Ricoeur’s hermeneutics thus provide a fresh theoretical framework through which to analyse Blake’s attempts to fulfil his prophetic purpose.

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Lucy Cogan is Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature at University College Dublin, Ireland. Her research is focused on the intersection of gender, politics and religion in the writing of the Long Eighteenth Century. She has published a range of articles on William Blake and women’s writing in the period.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Blake and the Failure of Prophecy
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-67688-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-67688-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-67687-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 225
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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