Ben Wat­son: Blake in Cam­bridge
Paper­back : 168 pages
ISBN-13 : 978–0956817686
Product dimen­sions : 12.7 x 0.99 x 20.32 cm
Pub­lish­er : Unkant Pub­lish­ers (30 April 2012)
Lan­guage : English
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Blake in Cam­bridge was writ­ten after read­ing Wil­li­am Blake’s vis­ion­ary epic Milton dur­ing exten­ded bouts of child­care in Coram’s Fields in the sum­mer of 2010. Blake in Cam­bridge is the Marx­ist cri­tique of Eng. Lit. Chris­toph­er Caud­well was meant to write, but screwed up due to a CPGB soci­ology which denies lit­er­at­ure the chance to answer back. In Marx’s polem­ic, the jokes of Tris­tram Shandy and Don Quix­ote became weapons in class struggle. This, argues Wat­son, is how Blake can and should be used.

Read the chapter on EP Thompson’s Blake, on Thompson’s bril­liant take on the roots of Blake’s radicalism.