The Resource Ancient yet new : William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism, by Thomas Fontana, (electronic resource)

Ancient yet new : William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism, by Thomas Fontana, (electronic resource)

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Ancient yet new : William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism
Title
Ancient yet new
Title remainder
William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism
Statement of responsibility
by Thomas Fontana
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Language
eng
Summary
This study explores William Blake's engagement with eighteenth-century antiquarian discourse as a means of critiquing the political and religious institutions of his era. In his shorter epic, Milton--a poem, Blake suggests a model for national regeneration rooted in a view of British antiquity that is marked by an original liberty based on brotherhood and forgiveness. The first chapter demonstrates that Blake presents the Druids as Satanic missionaries spreading his message of submission to his moral law, which also disguises itself as natural law. Blake depicts Satan and the Druids in this manner in order to critique eighteenth-century notions of natural and state religion. The second chapter examines Blake's particular engagement with the work of the antiquary William Stukeley. Stukeley's dual role as antiquary and Anglican clergyman reveals that antiquarianism was an important force in the contemporary political landscape. His vision of the Druids as proto-Anglicans and national religionists provides Blake with an avenue for the critique of natural and state religion he presents in Milton. The third chapter demonstrates how Blake uses the poetic and prophetic figure of the bard in opposition to the priestly Druids in order to provide an alternative locus for concerns of national identity and a model for social change through poetry. Communicative acts between individuals inspire the broader spread of the call to self-annihilation and the combination of individuals in brotherhood and forgiveness to join the body of Jesus
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MUU
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1951-
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Fontana, Tom
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2011.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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Heringman, Noah
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  • Blake, William
  • Blake, William
  • Stukeley, William
  • Social change
  • Social change in literature
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specialized
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Ancient yet new : William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism, by Thomas Fontana, (electronic resource)
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  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 27, 2011)
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Noah Heringman
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
748710275
Extent
1 online resource (iv, 92 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)748710275
Label
Ancient yet new : William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism, by Thomas Fontana, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on May 27, 2011)
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Noah Heringman
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
748710275
Extent
1 online resource (iv, 92 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)748710275

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