Blake List — Volume 1998 : Issue 35

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	 Re: Blake and the catalog?
	 Re: Blake and the catalog?
	 RE: Blake and the catalog?
	 RE: Blake and the catalog?
	 The Blake Archive


Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 21:24:16 -0500
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Jennifer--De Luca, in _Words of Eternity_ (68-9) offers brief comments
on Blake's use of catalogs as an element of the "bardic style," and
Wittreich's essay, "Opening the Seals: Blake's Epics and the Milton
Tradition" discusses Blake's use of epic conventions, though I don't
think it deals directly with the catalogs.  I am sure there are
others. Tom Dillingham


Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 20:30:57 -0400
From: Hugh Walthall 
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Jennifer, Frye talks about it, but whether in Fearful Symetry or Anatomy 
of Crit.  I can't recall.  Not only Homeric, but also Isaiah.  For more 
discussion of the deep import of such lists, and listing has some of the 
meaning of a ship taking on too much water on the port bow, see Allegory 
by Angus Fletcher.  Also some discussions of why it is necessary in 
which Gospel was it? to give Christ's geneology....Moe begat Curly begat 

By the by, I'm back on the Blake list after a six-month hiatus.  Did I 
miss anything?

Hugh Walthall


Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 07:05:14 -0600
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One  use of the catalog in *Jerusalem* is in the listing of English
counties, but these counties are listed primarily so that they may be
redistributed among the 12 tribes of Israel.  In my *B/IQ* article last
year I suggested that this particular use was part of Blake's effort to
repair fallen geography.  I see it as an overlaying of the map of England
with the map of the old Northern and Southern kingdoms of the Jews (or
maybe an overlaying of the Holy Land map with the map of England).

Paul Yoder

"Subtle he needs must be, who could seduce / Angels"  Milton


Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 12:39:46 -0500 (CDT)
From: (J. Michael)
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Thanks, Paul.  I don't know if anything on the catalog is actually going to
make it into this paper--especially since you've already made, very
succinctly, the point about renaming places.  But I may work it into my
longer project in some other way.  I've just been reading Priscilla
Ferguson's _Paris as Revolution: Writing the 19th-Century City_, which has
a fascinating history of the polemical naming of streets, first by the
monarchy and then by the revolutionaries.  Not exactly your argument, but
another example of prescriptive rather than descriptive "mapping," I think.



"Dip him in the river who loves water." --William Blake


Date: Tue, 23 Jun 1998 12:49:40 -0400
From: Patricia Neill 
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Ok, this isn't really a Blake sighting -- it is a Blake Archive siting
(sorry, couldn't resist). Thought you'd all like to know.

Also, last year, my boss Morris Eaves was in London. He happened to pick up
a brochure from the House of William Blake. It is lovely, smashingly
well-designed and scrumptious. I had to have one of my own, so I wrote to
Tim, Ishani, David and Rakesh--the designers who are attempting to make a go
of the House of William Blake. They sent me a bunch of them, and I'm willing
to part with a few, if any of you are interested--just send me addresses.
They are also currently attempting to figure out of way of acquiring a lease
to the whole building -- apparently a very expensive property. The House of
William Blake folks can be reached at or 17 South
Molton Street, London W1Y 1DE, tel: 171 495 5654, web is

Patricia Neill

 Tuesday, June 23, 1998 


                                           Lisa Ronthal's 
                                           Exclusive commentary 

                 Blake, Blake, burning bright 

                 I'm bowled over, ecstatic, overjoyed, and just generally in
a state of extreme bliss to have discovered the gorgeous and intelligent
William Blake Archive online ( Go
immediately and without fail to this economically and efficiently designed
University of Virginia site  and feast your Web-wearied eyes upon the many
beautiful, high-quality digital reproductions of  Blake's drawings and
paintings. These can be searched,
enlarged, enhanced, and compared to one another with impressive ease -- a
particularly vital advantage when examining Blake, who often  produced the
same book, say "Songs of Innocence," in several different versions which
vary considerably in color, page order, etc. 

                 Here is today's "hypertext" anticipated by two hundred
years: there's not much we could have taught Blake about the artistic
potential of multimedia.  Contemporary technology very often feels vulgar,
shallow, and flattening when it's used to explain or describe any art that's
more than about twenty  minutes old -- but its use here is eminently
well-judged, appropriate, and illuminating. 


 1998, Western Journalism Center 

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