Thesis Title

What Shall I Answer?: The Interrogatives Of William Blake's Jerusalem

Author

Luke V. Gibbs

Date of Graduation

Summer 2004

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Mark Smith

Keywords

William Blake, Jerusalem, poststructuralism, interrogatives, epic poetry

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

By a detailed examination of William Blake's use of questions, this thesis seeks to present a solution to the problem of the apparent lack of narrativity, coherent language, and discernible form within his epic poem Jerusalem. This thesis proposes that Blake sculpts the language of the poem to challenge readers, purposefully avoiding, recreating, and subverting the hegemonic ideological norms and standards of culture and poetry to illustrate his concept of contraries. Key to understanding and illustrating contraries are the questions of Jerusalem, in their echoes and re-creation of the Bible, in their "open" and "closed" presentations, through images, and through their ambiguities, both in form and speakers.

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© Luke V. Gibbs

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