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William Blake and Enlightenment Media 2019-10-23 09:14:38

Prompt: In Plate 12, line 5 (p. 101), why is Enitharmon’s eighteenth hundred year-old slumber described as a “female dream”? According to the Blake Dictionary, “Enitharmon” is inspired by Blakes wife, Catherine Blake who seems to take pride in her femininity and womanhood. It is also made apparent that Enitharmons “emblem is the moon”, the […] Continue reading

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The “Female Dream” and Social Stagnation

As the central component of William Blake’s Europe: A Prophecy, Enitharmon dream and its characterization as a “female dream” is significant in demonstrating the impact of female energy on revolution. Enitharmon is identified as the “source of female sexual pleasure” (Europe Summary) and of “Spiritual Beauty.” Blake’s view of Enitharmon reminded me of Mary Wollstonecraft’s […] Continue reading

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Enitharmon’s dream: what do women want?

To answer the question of why Enitharmon’s eighteen hundred year-old slumber is described as a “female dream,” we must first establish exactly what her dream is. There are three important facts about her dream: 1)      It begins with the birth of Christ and lasts for eighteen hundred years until the French Revolution. 2)      It is […] Continue reading

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Interpreting Rape in Blake’s A Vision: A Provisional Reading

We discussed in class today Blake’s controversial representation of female rape in the “Argument” to Visions of the Daughters of Albion.  Just because we read Blake retrospectively as a “genius” does not mean we should let him off the hook for his sexist representation of female rape:  Oothoon plucks “Leutha’s flower,” asserted her feminine sexual identity by […] Continue reading

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