9780312234515

Blake and Homosexuality

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312234515

  • ISBN10:

    0312234511

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-12-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

Against the backdrop of Britain's underground 18th and early-19th century homosexual culture, mob persecutions, and executions of homosexuals, Hobson shows how Blake's hatred of sexual and religious hypocrisy and state repression, and his revolutionary social vision, led him gradually to accept homosexuality as an integral part of human sexuality. In the process, Blake rejected the antihomosexual bias of British radical tradition, revised his idealization of aggressive male heterosexuality and his male-centered view of gender, and refined his conception of the cooperative commonwealth.

Author Biography

Christopher Z. Hobson is Associate Professor of English Language Studies at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
viii
Preface x
Abbreviations xxi
Eighteenth-Century Homosexuality and the Republican Tradition
1(22)
Blake and the Poetics of Masculinity
23(26)
Homosexuality, Resistance, and Apocalypse: The Four Zoas
49(28)
History, Homosexuality, and Milton's Legacy
77(36)
The Cruelties of Moral Law: Homosexuality and the Revision of Milton
113(32)
Blake's Synthesis: Jerusalem
145(46)
Conclusion
175(16)
Notes 191(32)
Works Cited 223(14)
Index 237

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