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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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(p.313) Chapter Seven Conclusion
William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s
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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the relevance of William Blake's poetry and visual art for the understanding the history of England in the 1790s. It suggests that Blake was able to imagine and sustain alternatives to the hegemonic tendency in 1790s radicalism from antinomian tradition, which survived well into his own time. This chapter argues that Blake's works were considered nothing more than bizarre oddities because they were aimed for an audience that literally did not exist, that no longer existed, or that does not yet exist.

Keywords:   William Blake, poetry, visual art, history of England, hegemonic tendency, radicalism, antinomian tradition

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