Blake's Critique of Transcendence is the first full-length book to examine in any detail or consistency the relation between Blake's text and the visual designs in The Four Zoas, one of the most important works in Blake's oeuvre. It uncovers a Blake deeply engaged with the cultural discourses of his time, in profound dialogue with Swedenborg, Locke, and Young. In the course of this conversation, Blake anatomizes a remarkable variety of cultural practices (including religion, science, and art) designed to achieve transcendence. He focuses in particular on the fate of the body in cultures of transcendence, developing perhaps the first theory of sexual sublimation. Blake's radical visual and verbal strategies in this poem are part of an attempt to defer the movement of transcendence, long enough for the reader to see the warring elements of the fallen world as the dismembered body of humanity.
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A useful teaching tool ... it does allow for clarity, something to be viewed as premium in these notoriously difficult poems and Blake's twists and turns of perspective are rendered more manageable as a result ... one actually leaves Blake's Critique of Transcendence with a much stronger sense of what the poem is about. ( Literature & Theology)
A central text for those studying the poem in the foreseeable future ... excellent index and useful bibliography ... excellent scholarship. ( Literature & Theology)
Peter Otto is Senior Lecturer in English, University of Melbourne
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX019818719X
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 019818719X
Descrizione libro Oxford Univ Pr on Demand, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 1st edition. 392 pages. 8.75x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria 019818719X