Blake's comic brilliance has been variously dismissed as the nervous ramblings of a neglected genius, the tomfool doodles of a distracted youngster, or a crude tool for destabilizing textual authority.
But, for the eighteenth century, comedy played a pivotal role in debates on aesthetics, education, spirituality and morality.
This exciting new study blends a close reading of Blake's early work with fascinating historical research to demonstrate that the comic was an essential component of Blake's artistic Vision.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 292 pages, XIII, 292 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave USA
- Publication Date: 05/11/2002
- Category: Literary theory
- ISBN: 9780312220648
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