Weary of Time

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:
Weary of Time

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This chapter analyzes the temporal structure of William Blake's illuminated books, focusing on one of the central plates of America: A Prophecy. It suggests that Blake's texts open up into a kind of eternal time of repetition and identifies the repetition of the same verbal and visual images and texts in different works, his writings and illustrations. This chapter also considers how Blake's logic of generating variability through repetition might problematize certain modern concepts of production and exchange as well as the notions of identity and community associated with them.

Keywords: illuminated books; America: A Prophecy; repetition; identity; community; variability

Chapter.  21984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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