Blake in Our TimeBlake In Our Time
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Beginning in the 1960s, University of Toronto scholar G.E. Bentley Jr almost single-handedly shifted the focus of Blake criticism from formalism and symbolism to the materiality that contextualizes Blake’s work. Following in the footsteps of Bentley’s pioneering work, Blake in Our Time explores Blake’s poetry and art in the context of the material culture of his era.

This richly illustrated collection demonstrates that the key to Blake’s work lies in the historical particulars of his time and place. Topics include the impact of the town of Chichester on Blake’s imagination, the material processes of Blake’s painting, the detection of a Blake forgery, and new biographical materials, and new explorations using archives and online sources on Blake’s contemporaries, patrons, peers and friends. Essays on the importance of Blake collections world-wide, on variant printings, and on the heirs of Blake in British painting extend the focus of this remarkable investigation to include chalcography and book and art history.

Karen Mulhallen is a professor in the departments of English at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, and a professor in the joint Graduate Program in culture ad Communications at Ryerson and York Universities.