Twentieth-Century Blake

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Jon Gagas / Temple University
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Recent scholarship has explored William Blake's influence on a number of twentieth-century writers, from W.B. Yeats to Philip K. Dick and Laura Moriarty. This panel seeks to find new links between Blake and the twentieth-century writers with whom he is most often associated – Yeats, Huxley, and Lawrence, among others – and to put Blake's art in dialogue with other artists, including graphic novelists, filmmakers, and non-Anglo-American writers. Submissions that address Blake's relationship to issues in twentieth-/twenty-first-century philosophy, such as subject formation, vitalism, and posthumanism, will also be considered.

Panelists are encouraged to examine Blake's work with new critical lenses, such as masculinity studies and postcolonialism, and to trouble Blake's relationship to periodization. This panel aims to discover aspects of Blake's work muted under the rubric of British Romanticism. By discussing continuities between Blake and the twentieth century, the panel invites considerations of modernity broadly defined and the way canonical authors have been appropriated in a century characterized by allusion and pastiche. Papers on teaching Blake in dialogue with twentieth-century figures are also welcome.

Please send 300-500-word abstracts as Word or PDF attachments to Jon Gagas,