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Author Weir, David, 1947 April 20-
Title Brahma in the West : William Blake and the Oriental renaissance / David Weir.
Imprint Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2003]

Author Weir, David, 1947 April 20-
Subject Blake, William, 1757-1827 -- Knowledge and learning -- Mythology.
Blake, William, 1757-1827 -- Knowledge and learning -- India.
Blake, William, 1757-1827. Four Zoas.
Blake, William, 1757-1827 -- Religion.
Brahma (Hindu deity) -- In literature.
English poetry -- Indic influences.
Orientalism in literature.
Hinduism in literature.
Hindu mythology.
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 170 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-164) and index.
Summary "Examining William Blake's poetry in relation to the mythographic tradition of the eighteenth century and emphasizing the British discovery of Hindu literature, David Weir argues that Blake's mythic system springs from the same rich historical context that produced the Oriental renaissance. That context includes republican politics and dissenting theology - two interrelated developments that help elucidate many of the obscurities of Blake's poetry and explain much of its intellectual energy. Weir shows how Blake's poetic career underwent a profound development as a result of his exposure to Hindu mythology. By combining mythographic insight with republican politics and Protestant dissent, Blake devised a poetic system that opposed the powers of Church and King."--Jacket.
Contents BRAHMA IN THE WEST -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1. Politics -- 2. Mythography -- 3. Theology -- Postscript -- APPENDIX A. Mythographic Material from Joseph Priestley -- APPENDIX B. Synopsis of The Four Zoas -- Notes -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: Politics -- Chapter 2: Mythography -- Chapter 3: Theology -- Selected Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 1417506911 (electronic bk.)
9781417506910 (electronic bk.)
0791458172 (alk. paper)
9780791458174 (alk. paper)
0791458180 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780791458181 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 55210292
Additional Format Print version: Weir, David, 1947 April 20- Brahma in the West. Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, ©2003 0791458172 0791458180 (DLC) 2002030965 (OCoLC)50670343

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