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Blake, Kierkegaard, and the Spectre of Dialectic

Blake, Kierkegaard, and the Spectre of Dialectic

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  • Date Published: November 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521395090

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  • Blake's late prophecies, The Four Zoas, Milton and Jerusalem, feature a conflict between the poet-prophet Los and a Spectre embodying all he most opposes: intellectual scepticism, religious despair and a systematic philosophical logic of contraries, which is for Blake an abstraction from, and negation of, his ideal of 'life'. In this 1991 book, Lorraine Clark traces the analogy between Blake's Spectre and Soren Kierkegaard's concept of 'dread', whose spirit of negation and irony he seeks to conquer, in both its philosophical and aesthetic manifestations. Using Kierkegaard's philosophy to illuminate Blake's prophecies, Lorraine Clark shows these concepts to offer the basis for a profound critique both of romanticism, as it has come to be identified with the spirit of dialectic, and of the postmodern irony which it has spawned. Their attempt to rescue an ideal of life from its abstraction within idealist dialectics is itself deeply romantic, and offers a dramatisation of tensions - between scepticism and affirmation, religion and nihilism, philosophy and poetry - central to our understanding of romanticism.

    • Trendy interface between philosophy and poetry
    • The first book to look at Blake and Kierkgaard together
    • Jacket quote from Jerome McGann - a big name
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    • Date Published: November 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521395090
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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.

  • Author

    Lorraine Clark

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