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Blake and Romantic Imperialism

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226502618.003.0005
Blake and Romantic Imperialism

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This chapter examines William Blake's relationship to the cultural politics of imperialism emergent in both hegemonic 1790s radicalism and Wordsworthian romanticism. It analyzes Blake's position on Orientalism and attempts to explain why his position has not been adequately recognized by most earlier scholarship. This chapter also describes Blake's attitudes toward imperialism and the romantic aesthetic of otherness and demonstrates the extent to which his work contests and subverts that aesthetic and the cultural politics from which it is inextricable.

Keywords: cultural politics; imperialism; Wordsworthian romanticism; Orientalism; otherness

Chapter.  22151 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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