Laboring at the Mill with Slaves

in William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226502595
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226502618 | DOI:
Laboring at the Mill with Slaves

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This chapter examines the socioeconomic relevance of the works of William Blake. It suggests that his illuminated books show the relationship between political, cultural, economic, and social institutions and the subjective categories, the psychobiological modes of existence, produced and organized by them. This chapter also argues that Blake's interest in forms of organizations should be seen as his way of rewriting the conceptual language of modernization for alternative political and aesthetic purposes.

Keywords: socioeconomic relevance; social institutions; organizations; modernization; illuminated books

Chapter.  34480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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