CFP: [Romantic] Social Justice, Religion, and Violence in the Works of William Blake (9/15/08) NEMLA Feb. '08

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Laura E. Rutland
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Call for Papers: Social Justice, Religion, and Violence in the Works of
William Blake

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-Mar. 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency-Boston, Massachusetts

The quest for a more just social order is a central theme in William
Blake’s writings. So, of course, is religion. Blake pursues these themes
during a time of violent revolution and warfare, not to mention the forms
of violence routinely enacted in his culture before the French
Revolution. The question is to what extent Blake espouses the violence
that he portrays. Is Blake advocating violence as a means of creating
social change, or is he simply depicting the violence that is already
taking place? Do his views on the efficacy of violence change over time?
This panel will explore issues of social justice and religion as they
intersect with violence in Blake’s writings. Ultimately, the panel
presentations should leave us with a better understanding of Blake’s
perception of violence, and what he may have to say to our own violent
age. Send 350-word abstract to Laura Rutland,, by
Sept. 15, 2008. Include your name and affiliation, e-mail address, postal
address, and telephone number. More info available at

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