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'Framing Los(s): Blake, Kant, Derrida' / Steven, Vine

Q/W/E/R/T/Y, Volume: 5, Pages: 119 - 127

Swansea University Author: Steven, Vine

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The essay relates the troubled and rifted nature of aesthetic ‘form’ in Blake’s 'The First Book of Urizen' (1794) to Kant’s theory of the beautiful and sublime in the 'Critique of Judgement' (1790). It finds a ‘politics of form’ in Blake’s poem that repudiates the conservative im...

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Published in: Q/W/E/R/T/Y
Published: 1995
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17977
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Abstract: The essay relates the troubled and rifted nature of aesthetic ‘form’ in Blake’s 'The First Book of Urizen' (1794) to Kant’s theory of the beautiful and sublime in the 'Critique of Judgement' (1790). It finds a ‘politics of form’ in Blake’s poem that repudiates the conservative implications of Kant’s idea of the ‘beautiful’ – as an aesthetic of harmony – and the ‘sublime’ as a principle of rational transcendence. Blake’s baleful demigod ‘Urizen’ is seen as an ideological operator of both these Kantian imperatives. In contrast, the essay argues that Blake’s poet-prophet ‘Los’ subverts Urizen’s Kantian dreams of aesthetic harmony and rational transcendence by embracing an aesthetics of ‘loss’ – one that opens itself up to the historical process, and unframes Urizen’s dreams of totalisation and stability.
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Start Page: 119
End Page: 127