Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 98/1

The Artist of the Future Age: William Blake, Neo-Romanticism, Counterculture and Now

Edited by Douglas Field and Luke Walker

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 98/1

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6636-4
  • Pages: 130
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £35.00
  • Published Date: June 2022
  • BIC Category: POETRY / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, The arts / Art & design styles: from c 1960, Europe, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Literature, History & Archaeology, HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century, ART / Criticism & Theory


This special issue of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library is devoted to William Blake. It explores the British and European reception of Blake's work from the late nineteenth century to the present day, with a particular focus on the counterculture. Opening with two articles by the late Michael Horovitz, an important figure in the 'Blake Renaissance' of the 1960s, the issue goes on to investigate the ideological struggle over Blake in the early part of the twentieth century, with particular reference to W. B. Yeats. This is followed by articles on the artistic avant-garde and underground of the 1960s and on Blake's significance for science fiction authors of the 1970s. The issue closes with an article on the contemporary Belgian art collective maelstrÖm reEvolution.


Introduction - Douglas Field and Luke Walker
The Blake Renaissance - Michael Horovitz
William Blake and (a Few of) His Friends in Our Time - Michael Horovitz
'Invisible Gates Would Open': W. B. Yeats and William Blake in the 1890s - Jodie Marley
William Blake and the Spiritual Forms of Citizenship and Hospitality - Colin Trodd
Avant-Garde Blake: From Francis Bacon to Oz Magazine - David Hopkins
Iain Sinclair, William Blake and the Visionary Poetry of the 1960s - James Riley
'The Place Where Contrarieties are Equally True': Blake and the Science-Fiction Counterculture - Jason Whittaker
A Cosmopolitan Case Study: Countercultural Blake in the Therapoetic Practice of maelstrÖm reEvolution - Franca Bellarsi


Douglas Field is Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century American Literature at the University of Manchester
Luke Walker is an independent scholar

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