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A series of podcasts on the life, work, and reception of William Blake, exploring his impact on literature, the visual arts, music and more.

Visionary: How William Blake Changed the World Zoavision

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A series of podcasts on the life, work, and reception of William Blake, exploring his impact on literature, the visual arts, music and more.

    William Blake's Universe at the Fitzwilliam Museum

    William Blake's Universe at the Fitzwilliam Museum

    In this episode of Visionary: How William Blake Changed the World, Jason Whittaker, Sharon Choe and Annise Rogers review the exhibition William Blake's Universe on display in early 2024 at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, considering some of the highlights of the exhibition and how it seeks to link Blake to contemporary European artists.

    • 41 min
    Jerusalem: From Blake to Parry

    Jerusalem: From Blake to Parry

    This episode of Visionary: How William Blake Changed the World, traces the history of his famous poem beginning with the lines "And did those feet", better known as the hymn Jerusalem. It begins with the circumstances of Blake's composition after his trial for sedition in Felpham, before exploring how the poem was set to music by Sir Hubert Parry during the First World War.

    • 31 min
    Blake and Tolkien's Mythmaking

    Blake and Tolkien's Mythmaking

    In their various ways, William Blake and J. R. R. Tolkien are two of the most important creators of imaginary worlds in literary history, having inspired generations of writers and artists to devise their own myths and legends.
    In this podcast, Jason Whittaker is joined by Sharon Choe, William Sherwood and Annise Rogers to discuss the ways in which Blake and Tolkien shared a fascination with the mythology of Britain, and how Nordic, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon tales shaped their tales. As well as the similarities between these two writers, it explores their differences and how their legacy continues to this day.

    • 52 min
    William Blake and the Idea of the Body

    William Blake and the Idea of the Body

    In this podcast, Hannah McAuliffe, Jon Mee, and Sharon Choe (Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York) discuss William Blake’s changing conception of the body. The podcast considers Blake’s visual and poetic depictions of the body and how he uses the body as a metaphor both in his work and for his work. The episode covers Blake's education and early work, his prophetic poetry, his artistic medium and production process.

    • 43 min

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