Blakes Gifts: Poetry and the Politics of Exchange by Sarah HaggartyBlakes Gifts: Poetry and the Politics of Exchange by Sarah Haggarty

Blakes Gifts: Poetry and the Politics of Exchange

bySarah Haggarty

Hardcover | October 18, 2010

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The idea of the gift, in contrast to concepts of commercial exchange or the exercise of self-interest at the expense of social ties, is integral to the ways in which William Blake thought about his art, and the production and dissemination of his work. Sarah Haggarty offers a sophisticated and thorough account of the idea of the gift in Blake's writing and designs, examining both the theoretical implications of the term, and the way it plays out in specific textual and visual contexts within Blake's works. Elegantly written, thoughtful and closely argued, this book explores particular passages with great dexterity and in a style that enables the reader to participate in the experience of discovering the significance of 'the gift' for understanding Blake's work.

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Title:Blakes Gifts: Poetry and the Politics of ExchangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:October 18, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521117283

ISBN - 13:9780521117289

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Economy; 2. Patronage; 3. Charity; 4. Inspiration; 5. Salvation; Conclusion.

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' ... excellent: gripping in its argument, surefooted in its readings and robust in its scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement