Publisher description for Blake, Sexuality and Bourgeois Politeness / Susan Matthews.

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Recent criticism has often overlooked William Blake's relationship to the bourgeois culture of sentimentalism, focusing instead on his association with the radical London underworld of revolutionaries, artisans and plebeian dissenters. By removing Blake from their company and reading him instead through the polite world he knew well, Susan Matthews sets out to give us a new Blake, as well as a new angle onto the conflicted development of a bourgeois culture in the late eighteenth century which was in the process of redefining the role and meaning of sexuality. With imaginative use of personalities, texts and images taken from an original range of archival material, Matthews returns to the Age of Sensibility and finds within its changing landscape answers to some of the crucial questions that remain about an artist and writer whose work continues to challenge scholars and critics today.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Blake, William, -- 1757-1827 -- History and criticism.
Sex in literature.
Sex role in literature.
Sentimentalism in literature.
Blake, William, -- 1757-1827 -- Contemporaries.
Art and literature -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Art and literature -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 19th century.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh -- bisacsh.