To ask other readers questions about Why Mrs Blake Cried , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. May 12, Will rated it really liked it. This book exists on two planes. As an academic work ostensibly about William Blake, it's riddled with far too many unsubstantiated hypotheses. The author poses questions and then, more often than not, lets them trail off into the realm of gossip.
At other times, the evidence seems excessively thin as if a little digging would scratch right through to the other side. As a popular history of the sexualized religion that emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries, the book fares better. Schuchard tells This book exists on two planes. Schuchard tells us all about the Sifting Time in the Moravian church, the beliefs and visions of Swedenborg, the rise of Mesmerism or somnambulism, and the intermingling of Kabbalistic and Tantric ideas that moved through European religious circles.
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The real gems are the quotes that are often giggle worthy. Schuchard seems prone to selective interpretation, opting for the juicier reading every time, which makes some of her conclusions suspiciously convenient for her thesis. Luckily she has carefully noted her source material, so think of her as a tour guide pointing toward interesting sites instead of a final authority on psychosexual religious ecstasy and its role in sacred vision. As a bonus, it's interesting to follow up on John Wesley's connections to the Moravians.
Nov 19, Eli Bishop rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction-general. This isn't a well-informed response to the book, because I ended up only reading about two thirds of it, but I'll just say that it's a fascinating read even though it falls short in many ways as biography. Basically, all of the background material about 18th-century counterculture is wonderful, whereas nearly all of the material about Blake himself is along the lines of "There's no evidence that Blake actually knew any of these people or did any of these things, but it makes sense that he might This isn't a well-informed response to the book, because I ended up only reading about two thirds of it, but I'll just say that it's a fascinating read even though it falls short in many ways as biography.
Basically, all of the background material about 18th-century counterculture is wonderful, whereas nearly all of the material about Blake himself is along the lines of "There's no evidence that Blake actually knew any of these people or did any of these things, but it makes sense that he might have" Jul 28, Katy German added it. Overstuffed sentences, bloated theories Contextualizing and interpreting useful documentary evidence illuminating the religious practices of William Blake's parents is good for a monograph at most; the book-length version is fattened with lurid, breathless detail.
The typeface is large, the margins wide, and the paper bulky big surprise. If you want to explore Blake's spiritual vision, go back to the prophetc books and dig back in; their density and difficulty Overstuffed sentences, bloated theories Both Swedenborg and Blake can be placed as prominent figures in what has been called the Mystical Enlightenment, which amassed in significant ways in eighteenth-century England through various mixtures of Romanticism, the new prowess of the natural sciences, kabbalah, occultist theories, and numerous versions of Christian mysticism.
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Blake was fairly obscure during his own time, but he was noticed by Coleridge, who was immensely famous during his short lifetime. The art patron C. The young William reported his first vision at the age of eight, when he related to his parents that he saw a tree whose boughs were full of angels. His mother was supportive, but some accounts note that his father, upon hearing the news, set out to thrash him. And so one of his earliest understandings was that mystical experiences could be physically dangerous when revealed to the unsympathetic.
At the age of 25 in , he married Catherine Boucher, whom he taught to read, write and draw.
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It was under the tutelage of Basire, that Blake first encountered the writings of Swedenborg. They were found among his estate annotated in his own hand. From his earliest adult years Blake was drawn to radical ideas, one of them being kabbalistic and Tantric ideas surrounding the ability of sexual trance to bring one closer to God. There is evidence that he was familiar with Moravian and Sabbatian groups, both of whom were writing about and practicing antinomial behavior.
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