Allen Ginsberg’s Blakean Albion

Walker, Luke (2013) Allen Ginsberg’s Blakean Albion. Comparative American Studies, 11 (3). pp. 227-242. ISSN 1477-5700

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Focusing on a selection of poems written during Allen Ginsberg’s visits to Britain between 1958 and 1979, an attempt is made to show how Ginsberg’s British poetry might productively be read in the context of William Blake’s mythopoetic system, particularly in so far as it relates to the Blakean figures of Albion and Jerusalem. Ginsberg’s poetic vision of a Blakean Albion is revealed to be more complex, and more problematic, than might be supposed. This is partly because Ginsberg’s own position is conflicted; as a key representative of American Beat poetry and later of American counterculture, he is nonetheless engaged in these ‘British’ poems in re-envisioning and reshaping Blake’s Albion. Such nationalist tensions are not, however, restricted to Ginsberg’s work; they can also be linked to similar conflicts between nationalism and internationalism which already exist within Blake’s own vision of Albion.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Depositing User: Luke Walker
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 13:43
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2013 13:43
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