William Blake and the Spiritual Forms of Citizenship and Hospitality

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The first part of this article focuses on previously unstudied materials relating to the critical recuperation of William Blake in the period between c.1910 and 1930. It notes how commentators utilised ideas of citizenship and hospitality when they attempted to modernise Blake’s interests and concerns. It explains how these distinctive critical idioms were constructed, what they had in common and how they situated Blake in larger public arguments about the social significance of cultural creativity. The second part of the article traces the ramifications of this new way of thinking about Blake by noting his appearance in modernist and neo-romantic art criticism in the 1930s and 1940s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-53
Number of pages16
JournalBulletin of the John Rylands Library
Issue number1
Early online date31 May 2022
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2022


  • Aesthetics
  • Citizenship
  • Community
  • Hospitality
  • Imagination
  • Liberty
  • Romantic
  • Vision


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