Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Originally produced in 1793, Visions of the Daughters of Albion has become one of Blake's most widely read and interpreted prophecies.

Author: William Blake

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547002000

Category: Art

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Originally produced in 1793, Visions of the Daughters of Albion has become one of Blake's most widely read and interpreted prophecies. The main character is a liberation figure challenging not only male chauvinism and marriage but the institution of slavery and imperialism in general. The female protagonist Oothoon, a sex slave who is raped by the slave driver Bromion, is clearly made to represent both the fertile, virginal and innocent lands of the pre-colonialism New World and the oppression of the women of Blake's time, who were, like slaves, treated as property of their husbands. In the course of his poem Oothoon becomes the ultimate symbol for liberation both as a woman and as a slave. William Blake (1757 – 1827) was a British poet, painter, visionary mystic, and engraver, who illustrated and printed his own books. Blake proclaimed the supremacy of the imagination over the rationalism and materialism of the 18th-century. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
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William Blake and the Daughters of Albion

The book shows what can be achieved when a challenging methodology, feminist historicism, is brought to bear on a canonical writer and on now canonized interpretations of his work.

Author: H. Bruder

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230379572

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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William Blake and the Daughters of Albion offers a challenge to the Blake establishment. By placing some of Blake's early prophetic works in startingly new historical contexts (most provocatively those of female conduct and pornography) a very different image of the radical Blake emerges. The book shows what can be achieved when a challenging methodology, feminist historicism, is brought to bear on a canonical writer and on now canonized interpretations of his work.
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William Blake and Gender

The most useful support for the analytical purposes in my book is provided by Helen Bruder's challenging study William Blake and the Daughters of Albion, which investigates Blake's gender utopia in the light of contemporary feminist ...

Author: Magnus Ankarsjö

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786483032

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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The closing years of the eighteenth century were the particular domain of literary radicals whose work challenged ideas on gender and sexuality. During this transitional period, the poetry of William Blake reflected the changing mores of society as well as his own developing notions of gender. This work presents an in-depth exploration of gender issues in Blake’s three epic poems, The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem. The opening chapter discusses basic concepts such as notions of apocalypse, utopia and gender, all essential to the author’s reading of Blake. Background regarding the literary atmosphere of the time, which included influence from the tradition of dissent, English Jacobinism and early feminism, is also included, effectively setting the context for Blake’s work. The book then examines the poems in chronological order. It concentrates particularly on male and female activity within each work (refuting the common assumption that Blake was anti-feminist) while exploring the symbolism of the poetry. Blake’s repeated theme of the struggle between the sexes receives special emphasis, as does the progress of his gender vision through the three poems.
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The Selected Poems of William Blake

William Blake. VISIONS OF THE DAUGHTERS OF ALBION Visions of the Daughters of Albion ( 1791-2 ) This short prophetic poem concerns three typically oddly - named characters - Oothoon , her lover Theotormon and his rival Bromion .

Author: William Blake

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1853264520

Category: Poetry

Page: 384

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William Blake is one of England's most original artists whose works aim to liberate imaginative energies. This volume contains his greatest writings and a generous selection from the Prophetic Books including Milton and Jerusalem.
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And Never Know the Joy

So when Blake or Shelley equates coitus with pure joy or transcendent love, we are easily misled by the unfamiliar ... Helen Bruder (William Blake and the Daughters of Albion, New York, 1997) and Tristanne J. Connolly (William Blake and ...


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789401203401

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 504

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“And Never Know the Joy” : Sex and the Erotic in English Poetry promises the reader much to enjoy and to reflect on: riddles and sex games; the grammar of relationships; the cunning psychology of bodily fantasies; sexuality as the ambiguous performance of words; the allure of music and its instruments; the erotics of death and remembrance, are just a few of the initial themes that emerge from the twenty-five articles to be found in this volume, with many an invitation “to seize the day”. Reproduction, pregnancy, and fear; discredited and degraded libertines; the ventriloquism of sexual objects; the ease with which men are reduced to impotence by the carnality of women; orgasm and melancholy; erotic mysticism and religious sexuality; the potency and dangers of fruit and flowers; the delights of the recumbent male body and of dancing girls; the fertile ritual use of poetic texts; striptease and revolution; silent women reclaimed as active vessels, are amongst the many engaging topics that emerge out of the ongoing and entertaining scholarly discussion of sex and eroticism in English poetry.
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William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

the bewildering variety of mills that one encounters in Blake's work, there is hardly ever a concrete description—much ... not only in America, but also in Visions of the Daughters of Albion, which he was working on at the same time.

Author: Saree Makdisi

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226502618

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 412

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Modern scholars often find it difficult to account for the profound eccentricities in the work of William Blake, dismissing them as either ahistorical or simply meaningless. But with this pioneering study, Saree Makdisi develops a reliable and comprehensive framework for understanding these peculiarities. According to Makdisi, Blake's poetry and drawings should compel us to reconsider the history of the 1790s. Tracing for the first time the many links among economics, politics, and religion in his work, Makdisi shows how Blake questioned and even subverted the commercial, consumerist, and political liberties that his contemporaries championed, all while developing his own radical aesthetic.
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