By Claire Colebrook

ISBN-10: 144111677X

ISBN-13: 9781441116772

Drawing on contemporary theories of electronic media and at the materiality of phrases and pictures, this interesting research makes 3 unique claims concerning the paintings of William Blake.

First, Blake bargains a critique of electronic media. His poetry and approach to illuminated printing is directed in the direction of uncovering an analogical language. moment, Blake's paintings should be learn as a performative. ultimately, Blake's paintings is at one and a similar time immanent and transcendent, aiming to come all varieties of divinity and the sacred to the human mind's eye, stressing that 'all deities live within the human breast,' however it additionally stresses that the human has powers or potentials that go beyond event and judgement: deities dwell within the human breast.

These 3 claims are explored in the course of the thought of incarnation: the incarnation of rules in phrases and photographs, the incarnation of phrases in fabric books and their copies, the incarnation of human activities and occasions in our bodies, and the incarnation of spirit in subject.

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On the contrary, the seeming self-sameness of an original and lived bodily presence is already digital, already divided into the retention and anticipation of that which could be repeated, beyond the present, into an indefinite and anonymous future. For this reason de Man will use the word ‘text’ not to describe some organization, differentiation or representation of materiality, but something like materiality ‘itself’ which is or becomes matter only through a punctuation or deferring in which it divides from itself through time.

In Natural Religion: in experiments on Men, Let her be Offerd up to Holiness: Tirzah numbers her: She numbers with her fingers every fibre ere it grow: Where is the Lamb of God? where is the promise of his coming? Her shadowy Sisters form the bones. even the bones of Horeb: Around the marrow! and the orbed scull around the brain: His Images are born for War! for Sacrifice to Tirzah: To Natural Religion! to Tirzah the Daughter of Rahab the Holy! She ties the knot of nervous fibres. into a white brain!

She ties the knot of milky seed into two lovely Heavens. (M 19, 42–61, K: 501; E: 113) Yet even when something like the female emanation as difference appears to be necessary for redemption, it is not clear whether the feminine is to be included within ‘man’ or whether the final resolution requires a recognition 12 Blake, Deleuzian Aesthetics and the Digital of difference and relation, a balanced duality of male and female. Is the ‘man’ of Blake’s epics a sexed subject who relates to an other sex (defined against ‘hermaphroditic’ forms)?

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