Category Archives: Moravianism

Decadence Through Pleasures of the Human Form

In my paper I will discuss through their works the connection between Blake, Manson and how they both incorporate aspects of decadence through Moravianism into their work’s making them unrecognized decadent hero’s. Decadence is often defined as the moral or cultural decline after an indulgence of pleasure. I will be looking at the aspects that […] Continue reading

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Renaming the Trinity

Blake’s “A Song of Liberty” in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is indicative of Blake’s Moravian background in the imagery of his work, particularly in the symbolism of the Eternal Female. Moravian tradition proposed that the Trinity was composed not of an all-male cast, but rather, two males, and a female, as the Holy […] 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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Sex, Religion, and Poetic Vision

For next Wednesday (9/25), students will write posts as comments to one of my former students: http://williamblakeandenlightenmentmedia.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/blake-zinzendorf-nuns-et-al/ Help this student develop a coherent interpretation by providing a close reading of a passage from Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell that, in your view, has strong Moravian images, themes, and overtones.  You are also free to respond […] Continue reading

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