THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Willim Blake Literary Criticism

Songs of Innocence and of Experience

An essay by Joseph Byrne of the University of Maryland illustrating how Blake's text shares certain qualities with modern computer and video games.

Jerusalem

An academic article by R. Paul Yoder of the University of Arkansas examining Blake's conception of language in general as well as an analysis of Jerusalem. It also contrasts Blake's ideas with Locke's work on language.

Visions of the Daughters of Albion

This essay by Kevin Hutchings of the University of Northern British Columbia takes an in-depth primarily sociohistorical approach to the study of Blake's poem.
An essay by Lisa Crafton of the University of West Georgia investigating the parallels between Blake's poem and the Jephthah story from the Book of Judges.

The Book of Urizen

An essay by Kelly Kelleway applying 'information theory' to a reading of Blake's epic poem, as well as assessing various conceptions of 'chaos'.
A paper by Matthew Green of The University of Nottingham presenting a reading of this work in relation to developments in cognitive science and theories of identity, particularly those relating to Dissociative Identity Disorder.
An essay by Thomas Pfau, an Associate Professor at Duke University, discussing thematic similarities between Blake's book, William Godwin's Caleb Williams, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

In this essay Susan P. Reilly explores Blake's favouring of sound over visuals.