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bodies, Blake, revolution, labor, transcendence


Throughout the course of his work, William Blake used bodies in order to express a desire for a transcendent revolution. This paper examines the different ways that Blake employs bodies to enact revolutionary change. In doing so, the paper discusses how bodies are written, write, and labor. Moreover, the paper refers to the societal constraints placed on the body, be they limits regarding gender, sex, race, or class. By engaging in a discussion of the body's limitations and capabilities coupled with Blake's relationship with the body, it becomes clear that Blake chooses to depict bodies struggle against the normative structure of the finite and limited world in order to reach transcendence.

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