Blake and the Johnson Circle

Topics: William Blake, Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft Pages: 2 (347 words) Published: August 28, 2013
WEEK 4: BLAKE AND THE JOHNSON CIRCLE
1) William and the circle of the publisher, Joseph Johnson 2) Mary Wollstonecraft and Blake:
---- Wollstonecraft’s The rights of Women and Blake’s Vision of the Daughters of Albion ----Children, education and socialisation- Wollstonecraft’s children’s books and Blake’s Songs of Innocence of Experience Enlightenment and Romantic—Opposition to each other, Continuity? Caricature binary opposites

BLAKE
Blake 1957, tradesmen’s son
Private nurturing environment in his family—Apprenticeship- Personal view of the world, imaginative visions Optimistic with the French revolution, radical
Johnson- a publisher of romantic authors, 1791 blake’s work French revolution: anon, Wollstonecraft- Rights of women
“Where is then the sexual difference, when the education has been the same” Rights of Women- criticised for not being structured, social attitudes towards women, identifies women as rational creatures, able for critical reasoning if only the same opportunity for education. Women wasting time on sexual allure, dishonest to trick men to marry them. Marriage- Legal prostitution

Feminist tradition, comparison between condition of women and that of slaves- “Many are the causes that, in the present corrupt state of society contribute to enslave women”. Women no choice but to be abject slaves. Campaign against slavery- Wollstencraft’s comparison impactful? Blake’s illustrations and engravings about slavery

Europe supported by America and Africa exploiting servants? Stedman’s Narrative of a Five Year’s Expedition against the Revolted Salves of Surinam (1896) Visions of the Daughters of Albion
* Tied to each other in mutual bondage.—sun all seeing eye, hell created here in place of heaven—tied to each other. * Branding a slave—raping a woman putting man’s mark on her: radical critique Many gothic novels preoccupation with rape and perceptions of women. Blake recognises the terroristic function of sex in his society and...
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