Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Visions of the feminine: The liberating poetics of William Blake reconsidered
by Williams, Alexander G., M.A., Villanova University, 2011, 83; 1491283
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Tomko, Michael, Radcliffe, Evan
School: Villanova University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: British and Irish literature
Keywords: Julia Kristeva, Mary Wollstonecraft, Songs of experience, Songs of innocence, Visions of the daughters of albion, Willam Blake
Publication Number: 1491283
ISBN: 9781124597195
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