"Walking thro’ Eternity": Blakean psychogeography and other pedestrian practices

Whittaker, Jason (2006) "Walking thro’ Eternity": Blakean psychogeography and other pedestrian practices. In: The Reception of Blake in the Orient. Continuum, London, pp. 279-287. ISBN 9780826490070

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This is a chapter included in a volume bringing together research from international scholars focusing attention on the longevity and complexity of Blake`s reception in Japan and elsewhere in the East. The book was intended to be 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, combining a broad variety of postcolonial perspectives with specific histories of Blake’s assimilation in the region, to demonstrate ways in which the vigorous afterlife of Blake’s work has allowed active appropriation of a still inspiring presence rather than passive succumbing to a Eurocentric or Orientalist ideology.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: This chapter developed out of a paper the author was invited to present at an internation conference in Kyoto in 2003, and examined how Blake’s unusual mapping of London onto the landscapes of the Holy Land could be interepreted through the theories and practices of the Situationist International and unitary urbanism via the lens of Iain Sinclair, who has called Blake the ‘godfather of psychogeography’. It continues the work into reception studies begun in 2002 with Radical Blake.
Uncontrolled Keywords: William Blake
ISBN: 9780826490070
Subjects: Writing & Journalism > Literature > English Literature
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Depositing User: Jason Whittaker
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 08:30
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2014 12:14
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/519

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