Document Type

Book Review

Publication Title

Huntington Library Quarterly

Publisher

University of California Press

Publication Date

Fall 1991

Abstract

Review by James C. McKusick. William Blake and the Language of Adam is a welcome addition to our knowledge of the Romantic preoccupation with the mystery of linguistic origins, and it seems destined to become a model of bold, incisive, and carefully researched scholarly analysis of literary and artistic creation from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. Essick's impeccable command of Blake's poetry and visual art is complemented by an extensive knowledge of the history of linguistics and an open-minded (yet critical) understanding of current issues in semiotics, phenomenology, and post-structuralist literary theory. William Blake and the Language of Adam provides an important addition to our knowledge of Blake's linguistic practice and offers a provocative challenge to the widespread post-structuralist conception of language as a differential system.

DOI

10.2307/3817856

Comments

Electronic version available from JSTOR.

Rights

©1991 University of California Press

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