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William Blake's Gothic Imagination: Bodies of Horror

Bundock, Chris and Effinger, Elizabeth (2018) William Blake's Gothic Imagination: Bodies of Horror. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526121943

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Scholars of the Gothic have long recognised Blake's affinity with the genre. Yet, to date, no major scholarly study focused on Blake's intersection with the Gothic exists. William Blake's gothic imagination seeks to redress this disconnect. The papers here do not simply identify Blake's Gothic conventions but, thanks to recent scholarship on affect, psychology, and embodiment in Gothic studies, reach deeper into the tissue of anxieties that take confused form through this notoriously nebulous historical, aesthetic, and narrative mode. The collection opens with papers touching on literary form, history, lineation, and narrative in Blake's work, establishing contact with major topics in Gothic studies. Then refines its focus to Blake's bloody, nervous bodies, through which he explores various kinds of Gothic horror related to reproduction, anatomy, sexuality, affect, and materiality. Rather than transcendent images, this collection attends to Blake's 'dark visions of torment'.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: English literature, 1700-1799, Romantic period, Blake, William, poetry, illustration, bibliography, Gothicism, form, women, sexuality
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 08:26

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