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Blake and Kierkegaard : creation and anxiety

Author: James Rovira
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, ©2010.
Series: Continuum literary studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Apocalyptic nightmares that humanly created intelligences will one day rise up against their creators haunt the western creative imagination. However, these narratives find their initial expression not in the widely disseminated Frankenstein story but in William Blake's early mythological works. This book looks at why we persistently fear our own creations by examining Blake's illuminated books of the 1790s through  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Blake; Søren Kierkegaard; William Blake; Søren Kierkegaard; William Blake; Søren Kierkegaard; William Blake; Sören Kierkegaard; William Blake; Søren Kierkegaard
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James Rovira
ISBN: 9781441135599 1441135596 9781441114525 1441114521
OCLC Number: 466343695
Description: viii, 184 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Blake and Kierkegaard : shared contexts --
Sources of Kierkegaardian anxiety and creation anxiety --
Denmark's and England's shared histories --
Denmark's and England's cultural anxieties --
Blake, Kierkegaard, and the cultural tensions --
2. Blake, Kierkegaard, and the Socratic tradition --
Human personality and the Socratic tradition --
Kierkegaard and the Socratic tradition --
Blake and the Socratic tradition --
3. Blake, Kierkegaard, and the classical model of personality --
Kierkegaard's aesthetic stage and Blake's innocence --
Kierkegaard's ethical stage and Blake's experience --
Kierkegaard's religiousness A and B and Blake's visionary personality --
4. Innocence, generation, and the fall in Blake and Kierkegaard --
Kierkegaard and the problem of generation --
Generation in Blake --
Urizen the reflective-aesthetic king --
Reason and imagination in Blake and Kierkegaard --
5. Creation anxiety and The [First] Book of Urizen --
Urizen the creator-monarch --
Science and religion in the Urizen books --
Haufniensis, the demonic, and spiritlessness.
Series Title: Continuum literary studies.
Responsibility: by James Rovira.
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Apocalyptic nightmares that humanly-created intelligences will one day rise up against their creators haunt the western creative imagination. This study applies Kierkegaard's "Concept of Anxiety" to  Read more...


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Blake and Kierkegaard speak from the same instinct of the human condition and of man's states of anxiety and self-awareness. James Rovira offers a highly nuanced comparative reading of both author's Read more...

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Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety observes the ongoing popularity of the Frankenstein story -- one in which a human being,...
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