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TitleBlake and the Bible
AuthorAlgoo-Baksh, Stella.
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1984. English Language and Literature
Date1983
Pagination152 leaves
SubjectBlake, William, 1757-1827--Religion and ethics; Bible--In literature;
DegreeM.A.
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of English Language and Literature
DisciplineEnglish Language and Literature
LanguageEng
NotesBibliography : leaves 146-152
AbstractThrough an examination of William Blake's literary works, this thesis attempts a systematic presentation of Blake's interpretation of the Bible. Following a brief introduction, which discusses the strength of Blake's interest in the Bible as well as the character of potential influences on his interpretation of the Scriptures, the study examines Blake's earlier works for at least preliminary statements relating to his reading of the Bible. It is found that up to The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, which inverts common interpretations of the Bible, there is little by way of actual reinterpretation of the Bible but that a number of notions and personae which are important in Blake's later efforts to reinterpret the Scriptures already exist though usually in embryonic form. -- The study then presents an overview of Blake's reading of the Bible and suggests that the poet views the Biblical account of Hebrew history as representing the history of Man as a whole and as depicting Man's progress through a series of cycles from a Creation-Fall toward an Apocalypse and Redemption. The thesis next discusses in some detail Blake's version of the Creation-Fall, showing how he radically reinterprets the Biblical account of the Creation-Fall. There then follows an examination of Blake's reinterpretation of the Apocalypse and Redemption, which reveals how in his account of Apocalypse and Redemption Blake inverts or modifies widely held interpretations of the Biblical version of the Apocalypse and Redemption. Finally, there is a summary of the findings of this study regarding Blake's interpretation of the Scriptures, followed by a concluding discussion of the significance of Blake's reading of the Bible.
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier75292338
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
Scanning StatusCompleted
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