New Book | Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment

Posted in books by Editor on April 24, 2017

From Palgrave Macmillan:

David Fallon, Blake, Myth, and Enlightenment: The Politics of Apotheosis (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 343 pages, ISBN: 978  11373  90349, $100.

This book provides compelling new readings of William Blake’s poetry and art, including the first sustained account of his visionary paintings of Pitt and Nelson. It focuses on the recurrent motif of apotheosis, both as a figure of political authority to be demystified but also as an image of utopian possibility. It reevaluates Blake’s relationship to Enlightenment thought, myth, religion, and politics, from The French Revolution to Jerusalem and The Laocoön. The book combines careful attention to cultural and historical contexts with close readings of the texts and designs, providing an innovative account of Blake’s creative transformations of Enlightenment, classical, and Christian thought.

David Fallon is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland, UK. From 2009 to 2012 he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has published on Blake and on eighteenth-century and Romantic-period booksellers and co-edited Romanticism and Revolution: A Reader (2011) with Jon Mee.


1  Introduction: ‘A Saint Amongst the Infidels & a Heretic with the Orthodox’
2  ‘The Deep Indelible Stain’: Apotheosis in the Eighteenth Century
3  ‘Spirits of Fire’: Ambiguous Figures in The French Revolution
4  ‘Breathing! Awakening!’: Contesting and Transforming Apotheosis in America a Prophecy
5  ‘The Night of Holy Shadows’: Europe and Loyalist Reaction
6  ‘Serpentine Dissimulation’: Apotheosis in Urizen, Ahania, and The Song of Los
7  ‘The Name of the Wicked Shall Rot’: Blake’s Oriental Apotheoses of Nelson and Pitt
8  Transforming Apotheosis in The Four Zoas and Milton
9  ‘Ever Expanding in the Bosom of God’: Deification and Apotheosis in Jerusalem
10 Conclusion

List of Figures


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