Reading William Blake

  • Stephen C. Behrendt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
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About this book


William Blake's illuminated poems challenge their readers to participate fully in a highly interactive process of reading. The complex interaction of their verbal and visual texts forces the involved reader to assume greater responsibility than usual for formulating meaning. This book examines some of the ways in which Blake's illuminated poems subvert the customary authority of texts and force readers to reassess both their expectations about reading and their customary responses to words and visual images alike.


epic John Milton poem William Blake

Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen C. Behrendt
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  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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