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William Blake: Image, Text, Web - ENG00092I

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  • Department: English and Related Literature
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Jon Mee
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

Unknown in his own lifetime, William Blake has been one of the most influential of creative artists; Englands greatest revolutionary artist, according to Terry Eagleton. Jerusalem alone has been appropriated as both Tory hymn and socialist anthem. Tyger, Tyger is one of the best known poems in the language. His influence is everywhere from poems and novels (Yeats, Ian Banks, Alasdair Gray) to pop songs (Patty Smith, Jah Wobble, Julian Cope) to films (Dead Man, The Silence of the Lambs). Despite this posthumous influence, Blake only ever published himself. He produced his illuminated books - combining text and image - on a rolling press in his own home. Studying his works in their original form - because of the technical constraints of producing image and text together except in expensive facsimiles - has been more or less impossible until very lately. Now, thanks to the Blake archive online, the poems and images can be seen in their stunning original form. This module offers a unique opportunity to engage with the illuminated books and to think about ways the work have been appropriated and redeployed across other media.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

Blakes illuminated books and later appropriations

Academic and graduate skills

  • an ability to think about texts in an intermedial context that combines word and image
  • an ability to think about the implications of presenting and accessing these materials in an on-line environment like the Blake archive
  • to understand the influence and appropriation of Blakes books


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
1500 word essay
N/A 100

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