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Introduction

Susanne M. Sklar

in Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603145
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731594 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603145.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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Blake's Jerusalem has baffled many good readers, but approaching it as visionary theatre reveals the coherence of its complexities and strange language. Key terms – such as visionary theatre, Divine Body, Zoa, Emanation, Selfhood, and Blake's four states of being (Ulro, Generation, Beulah, Eden/Eternity) – must be described or defined before approaching his illuminated poem both creatively and critically. Jerusalem seeks to move its readers (with its characters) from a merely rational approach (called Ulro) to an imaginative one in which all things interconnect in what can be called ‘differentiated unity’ (Eden/Eternity). A brief overview of Jerusalem's reception history prepares the ground for the imaginatively theological approach this book is offering.

Keywords: Visionary Theatre; imagination; Divine Body; Ulro; Eden/Eternity; reception history; differentiated unity

Chapter.  7398 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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