William Blake's Recreation of the Gnostic Myth: Resolving the Apparent Incongruities

Author: Sorensen, Peter
Year:1995
Pages:155
ISBN:0-7734-4188-3
978-0-7734-4188-0
Price:139.95
This volume reads Blake's writings as an initiation into a divine revelation (gnosis) given to the poet-prophet. The vision is dualistic and heterodox, and bears a striking and consistent resemblance to the visions and writings of many of the Christian gnostics of ancient times. Based on this gnostic reading, the author asserts that, concerning Blake's so-called monomyth, both traditionalist and poststructural approaches can coexist.

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"Readers who do not share Sorensen's premises are unlikely to accept his general conclusions, although they will find many incidental suggestions and insights to consider, and a vivid example of the desire for an origin that escapes the play of signs and the complications of history." - Andrew Lincoln in BARS Bulletin and Review