Visions of the feminine The liberating poetics of William Blake reconsidered

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Description: No discussion of William Blake's imaginative poetics would be complete without examining the celebration of sexuality, condemnation of repression, and the overarching ideal of a harmonized gender dynamic that rehabilitates a vision of the liberated feminine. This poetics of liberation is found in both the dualistic collection Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794) as well as the very controversial Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793). This thesis employs the feminism of Julia Kristeva and Mary Wollstonecraft as a critical methodology in order to elucidate how Blake exemplifies not a patriarchal value-system which feminists have read retrospectively against his earlier career, but a regenerative vision of the sexes. As Blake was able to identify ideological institutionalism founded upon masculine dominance, it is necessary to reconsider the poet as a groundbreaking critical thinker of gender in his own right and how contemporary feminists might re-read his catalogue in a postmodern society.
Language: English
Format: Degree Work