William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

Saree Makdisi


Modern students usually locate it tough to account for the profound eccentricities within the paintings of William Blake, pushing aside them as both ahistorical or just meaningless. yet with this pioneering learn, Saree Makdisi develops a competent and accomplished framework for realizing those peculiarities. in line with Makdisi, Blake's poetry and drawings should still compel us to re-evaluate the historical past of the 1790s. Tracing for the 1st time the various hyperlinks between economics, politics, and faith in his paintings, Makdisi indicates how Blake wondered or even subverted the economic, consumerist, and political liberties that his contemporaries championed, all whereas constructing his personal radical aesthetic.

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