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William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s$
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Saree Makdisi

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780226502595

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226502618.001.0001

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Blake and Romantic Imperialism

Blake and Romantic Imperialism

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(p.204) Chapter Five Blake and Romantic Imperialism
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William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226502618.003.0005

This chapter examines William Blake's relationship to the cultural politics of imperialism emergent in both hegemonic 1790s radicalism and Wordsworthian romanticism. It analyzes Blake's position on Orientalism and attempts to explain why his position has not been adequately recognized by most earlier scholarship. This chapter also describes Blake's attitudes toward imperialism and the romantic aesthetic of otherness and demonstrates the extent to which his work contests and subverts that aesthetic and the cultural politics from which it is inextricable.

Keywords:   cultural politics, imperialism, Wordsworthian romanticism, Orientalism, otherness

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