Impossible History and the Politics of Life

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:
Impossible History and the Politics of Life

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This chapter analyzes the process of subjective organization in the illuminated books of William Blake, focusing on The Book of Urizen, The Book of Ahania and The Book of Los. It examines the relationship between Blake's conceptualizations of individual identity and contemporary theories of subjectivity. This chapter considers the relationship between Blake's understanding of identity, belonging and community and certain philosophical, religious and political traditions.

Keywords: illuminated books; subjective organization; The Book of Urizen; The Book of Ahania; The Book of Los; individual identity; subjectivity

Chapter.  23618 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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