“Blake and the city” By Jennifer Davis Michael

the following link from books.google.com includes a preview of parts of a book about how Blake treated the City. please have a look and make use of it. WARNING: i do not want all of you to end up writing about the same issue


about the book

Blake and the city

Author: By Jennifer Davis Michael

Bucknell University Press, 2006

Pages: 235

Though usually classified as a Romantic, Blake subverts and dissolves the binaries on which Romanticism turns: self and other, art and nature, country and city. Rather than reject the city outright like many of his contemporaries, Blake embraces it as the intricate workshop of human imagination. Each chapter of this book focuses on a specific text of Blake’s that illustrates a particular conception of metaphorical embodiment of the city. These shifting metaphors emphasize the construction of all human environments and the need for imaginative labor to build and interpret them. This study seeks to bridge a gap between “transcendent” and “historicist” readings of Blake while at the same time challenging assumptions that still color our view of the city in the twenty-first century. Jennifer Davis Michael is Associate Professor of English at the University of the South.