Virtual Blake: Towards a methodology of Blake reception

Within an English context at least, William Blake has become one of the most visible of figures to be recuperated in a wide range of artistic and cultural fields since his death, including music, film-making and philosophy, as well as literature and the visual arts. When Blake is thus remade for different generations of readers, it is evident that what we see is the recreation of a virtual Blake, drawn from a variety of artefacts and events which refract and shift our understanding of the “real” Blake (whoever he may be). Drawing upon three examples – textual, musical and visual – this talk will demonstrate some ways in which the reception of Blake’s work can be examined in a scholarly context.

Jason Whittaker
University of Lincoln, UK
Universidade de Lincoln, Reino Unido