Blake: Removing the Curse by Printing for the Blind

Edward Larrissy

in The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632817
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651696 | DOI:
Blake: Removing the Curse by Printing for the Blind

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This chapter studies William Blake's characteristic themes, which were developed in close relationship with the imagery of blindness and in the light of its philosophical debates, starting with Blake's debate of the imagery of blindness and the blind with empiricist epistemology. The next section studies Blake's Tiriel, where he suggests a conformity between the institutional and the personal, and identifies the titular character as a dried form of authoritarianism. The chapter also discusses figurative blindness, commercial engraving and the decline of human vision.

Keywords: William Blake; empiricist epistemology; authoritarianism; commercial engraving; human vision; figurative blindness

Chapter.  11449 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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