Constructive Vision and Visionary Deconstruction: Los, Eternity, and the Productions of Time in the…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPeter Otto

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`Short copy entry, for Eng Lit 91' This book focuses on the tension in Blake's poetry between a hermeneutics of suspicion and a hermeneutics of belief: it offers a new account of the way in which Blake's major prophecies work and of the stratagems they employ to consolidate error and so open their readers' eyes to `otherness'.Central to Peter Otto's reading is a re-definition of the role of Los and Jesus in Blake's work, emphasising Blake's prophetic intent. In the course of a radically new reading of Milton and Jerusalem, it is argued that in these poems the autonomous, world-forming imagination (that is staple to manyaccounts of Romanticism) is subject to visionary deconstruction. Rather than subordinating existence to perception, Blake's poems attempt to induce their readers to act. Constructive Vision is the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of Blake's work to draw on a radically new understandingof Blake's view of humanity.

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`Short copy entry, for Eng Lit 91' This book focuses on the tension in Blake's poetry between a hermeneutics of suspicion and a hermeneutics of belief: it offers a new account of the way in which Blake's major prophecies work and of the stratagems they employ to consolidate error and so open their readers' eyes to `otherness'.Central t...

Peter Otto is at University of Melbourne.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780198117513

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'Otto's emphases permit him some most illuminating expositions of difficult texts, such as the Bard's song from Milton.'Edward Larrissy. University of Keele. Notes and Queries. Sept '94