The Reception of Blake in the Orient (Continuum Reception Studies)

The Reception of Blake in the Orient (Continuum Reception Studies)

By: Steve Clark (editor), Masashi Suzuki (editor)Paperback

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This book focuses attention on the longevity and complexity of Blake's reception in Japan and elsewhere in the East. This book offers a case-study of the way in which the vigorous afterlife of Blake's work has allowed active appropriation of an inspiring presence, rather than passive succumbing to a Eurocentric or Orientalist ideology.This volume brings together research from international scholars focusing attention on the longevity and complexity of Blake's reception in Japan and elsewhere in the East. It is designed as not only a celebration of his art and poetry in new and unexpected contexts but also to contest the intensely nationalistic and parochial Englishness of his work, and in broader terms, the inevitable passivity with which Romanticism (and other Western intellectual movements) have been received in the Orient.

About Author

Steve Clark is Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. Masashi Suzuki is Professor in the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University and is President of the Japan Association of English Romanticism


List of Illustrations; Notes on Contributors; 1 Introduction, Steve Clark (University of Tokyo) and Masashi Suzuki (Kyoto University); Part I: The Orient in Blake: The Global Eighteenth Century; 2 Thel in Africa: William Blake and the Post-colonial, Post-Swedenborgian Female Subject, David Worrall (Nottingham Trent University); 3 'Typhon, the lower nature': Blake and Egypt as the Orient, Kazuya Okada (Okayama University); 4 Rebekah Bliss: Collector of William Blake and Oriental Books, Keri Davies (The Blake Society); 5 Blake and the Chinamen, Mei-Ying Sung (Nottingham Trent University); 6 Colour Printing in the West and East: William Blake and Ukiyo-e, Minne Tanaka; 7 Representing Race: The Meaning of Colour and Line in William Blake's 1790s Bodies, Sibylle Erle (Bishop Grosseteste University); 8 Africa and Utopia: Refusing a 'local habitation', Susan Matthews (University of Roehampton); 9 An Empire of Exotic Nature: Blake's Botanical and Zoomorphic Imagery, Ashton Nichols (Dickinson College); 10 Blake, Hayley and India: On Designs to a Series of Ballads (1802), Hikari Sato (Kobe University); 11 The Authority of the Ancients: Blake and Wilkins' translation of the Bhagvat-Gita, Tristanne J. Connolly (St. Jerome's University, Waterloo); Part II: Blake in the Orient: Early-Twentieth-Century Japanese Reception; 12 Blake's Oriental Heterodoxy: Yangi's Perception of Blake, Ayako Wada (Tottori University); 13 Self-Annihilation in Milton, Hatsuko Nimii (Japan Women's University); 14 An Ideological Map of (Mis)reading: William Blake and Yanagi Muneyoshi in Early Twentieth-century Japan, Kazuyoshi Oishi (University of the Air); 15 The Female Voice in Blake Studies in Japan, 1910s-1930s, Yoko Ima-Izumi (University of Tsukuba); 16 Blake as Inspiration to Yanagi and Jugaku, Shinsuke Tsurumi; 17 Individuality and Expression: The Shirakaba Group and the Early Reception of Blake's Visual Art Works in Japan, Yumiko Goto (Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art); Part III: Blake in the Orient: Later Responses; 18 Blake's Night: Tanizaki's Shadows, Jeremy Tambling; 19 Oe Kenzaburo's Reading of Blake: An Anglophone Perspective, Barnard Turner (National University of Singapore); 20 Nebuchadnezzar's Sublime Torments: William Blake, Arthur Boyd and the East, Peter Otto (University of Melbourne). 21 William Blake in Taiwan, Ching-erh Chang (National Taiwan University); 22 'Walking thro' Eternity': Blake's Psychogeography and other Pedestrian Practices, Jason Whittaker (University College Falmouth); 23 Blake's Question (from the Orient), John Phillips (National University of Singapore); Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780826438058
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 364
  • ID: 9780826438058
  • weight: 511
  • ISBN10: 0826438059

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