Blake, Kierkegaard, and the Spectre of Dialectic by Lorraine ClarkBlake, Kierkegaard, and the Spectre of Dialectic by Lorraine Clark

Blake, Kierkegaard, and the Spectre of Dialectic

byLorraine Clark

Paperback | May 7, 2009

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This study traces affinities between the late prophetic poems of William Blake and the work of the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. Both feature concepts (the Spectre fought by Blake's poet-prophet Los, and Kierkegaard's idea of "dread") embodying a spirit of philosophical negation, skepticism, and dialectic which the writers sought to resist. Lorraine Clark uses Kierkegaard's philosophy to illuminate Blake's prophecies, showing that both offer the basis for a profound critique of romanticism, while themselves partaking of some of the ideals and tensions central to our understanding of the romantic movement.
Title:Blake, Kierkegaard, and the Spectre of DialecticFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 7, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521110475

ISBN - 13:9780521110471


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; A note on texts and abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The spectre and the logic of error; 2. The spectre as Kierkegaard's concept of dread; 3. The spectre and the line of life; 4. Mastered irony as the ground of human community; 5. Irony and authority; Conclusion; Los and the spectre: master and slave in the labour of the negative; Notes; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"Lorraine Clark has given us an exhaustive appreciation of the enduring value of Blake's poetic and philosophical contribution. Kierkegaard is used as a convincing analogue that helps us understand the complex anti- and pro-