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Dangerous Enthusiasm: William Blake and the Culture of Radicalism in the 1790s

Jon Mee


This book considers William Blake's prophetic books written during the 1790s in the light of the French Revolution controversy raging at the time. His works are shown to be less the expressions of isolated genius than the products of a complex response to the cultural politics of his contemporaries. Blake's work presents a stern challenge to historical criticism. This study aims to meet the challenge by investigating contexts outside the domains of standard literary histories. It traces the distinctive rhetoric of the illuminated books to the French Revolution controversy of the 1790s and Blak ... More

Keywords: William Blake, prophetic books, French Revolution, radicalism, bricoleur, London, dissentic culture, Enlightenment, illuminated books, literary histories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Mee, author
Australian National University
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