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Apocalypse and recuperation: Blake and the maw of commerce

Mann, Paul (1983) Apocalypse and recuperation: Blake and the maw of commerce. Humanities Working Paper, 94. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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The paper is a "materialist" reading of Blake's illuminated works. It examines the copperplate method itself as the main theme of Blake's work, and also as a potentially practical means of conveying Blake's art to its intended audience. The question of audience must be at the center of any avowedly prophetic project. Did Blakean production actually facilitate reception? Are we the audience it sought? What forms of supplementary reproduction are necessary for modern discourse on Blake, and what are the effects of such mediation? To what extent does reproduction undermine. sublate, cancel or recuperate Blakean priorities even as it seeks to represent them? What do we actually read when we read a reproduction? The paper also thinks through the Blakean problem to a broader consideration of artistic projects operating marginally to the predominant cultural economy. and of their relation to criticism.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:English Literary History, forthcoming, 1985
Group:Humanities Working Papers
Series Name:Humanities Working Paper
Issue or Number:94
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Official Citation:Mann, Paul. Apocalypse and recuperation: Blake and the maw of commerce.Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 1983. Humanities Working Paper, No. 94.
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Deposited By: Lindsay Cleary
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