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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period$
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Edward Larrissy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632817

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.001.0001

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Blake: Removing the Curse by Printing for the Blind

Blake: Removing the Curse by Printing for the Blind

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(p.64) Chapter 3 Blake: Removing the Curse by Printing for the Blind
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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period
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Edward Larrissy

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.003.0003

This chapter studies William Blake's characteristic themes, which were developed in close relationship with the imagery of blindness and in the light of its philosophical debates, starting with Blake's debate of the imagery of blindness and the blind with empiricist epistemology. The next section studies Blake's Tiriel, where he suggests a conformity between the institutional and the personal, and identifies the titular character as a dried form of authoritarianism. The chapter also discusses figurative blindness, commercial engraving and the decline of human vision.

Keywords:   William Blake, empiricist epistemology, authoritarianism, commercial engraving, human vision, figurative blindness

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