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January 1984
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War of Titans
Blake’s Critique of Milton and the Politics of Religion
DiSalvo, Jackie
In a dramatically original analysis, Jackie DiSalvo explores Blake’s reworking of Genesis and Paradise Lost in his prophetic poem The Four Zoas, creating a compelling new reading of both Milton and Blake. With informed argument and provocative insights, DiSalvo shows how Blake’s view of history prefigures the revaluation of our own myths of origin prompted by new political, psychological, and feminist perspectives.

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Jackie DiSalvo is associate professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York.
“This is the first book-length study of the relationship between Blake’s visionary epic The Four Zoas and the poem that most influenced it, Paradise Lost. . . . It is written with a compelling sense of the relevance of Milton and Blake to the twentieth century, and it expresses an intense conviction of the importance of critical debates about poetry.”—Review of English Studies

“DiSalvo’s linking of Blake and Marx is brilliantly dashing, and will annoy the orthodox in both camps.”—Christopher Hill

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In a dramatically original analysis, Jackie DiSalvo explores Blake’s reworking of Genesis and Paradise Lost in his prophetic poem The Four Zoas, creating a compelling new reading of both Milton and Blake. With informed argument and provocative insights, DiSalvo shows how Blake’s view of history prefigures the revaluation of our own myths of origin prompted by new political, psychological, and feminist perspectives.
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