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The Blake Society at St. James’s “Programme 2000”

19 September

May Sung (St. Mary’s College)

A Reconsideration of Execution and Conception: The Evidence of Blake’s Job Copperplates

May Sung is a Ph.D. student at St. Mary’s College, Strawberry Hill. Her study of the surviving plates for Blake’s illustrations to the Book of Job has thrown up fascinating evidence about Blake’s working methods. The myriad corrections, erasures, and second thoughts (pentimenti) upon the copperplates contradict what has become, following Joseph Viscomi’s Blake and the Idea of the Book (1993), the conventional view of Blake’s creative process.

17 October

Susanne Schmid (Free University of Berlin)

Blake and Germany

Dr. Susanne Schmid has lectured at the Free University of Berlin since 1994. She has written a study on myth in contemporary women’s fiction (1996), and an introduction to Byron, Shelley and Keats (1999).

1 December

Dee Drake (Stockholm University)

Blake’s Hecate Color Print: A Celebration of Infernal Female Desire

Dee Drake was recently awarded a doctorate by Stockholm University for her study “Searing Apparent Surfaces: Infernal Females in Four Early Works of William Blake.”

She writes: “It is my contention that the infernal constitutes an essential female element of the divine in Blake’s early work but is demonized in the late work as an attribute of the Female Will.”

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