© 2013

Sexy Blake

  • Helen P. Bruder
  • Tristanne Connolly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. Violence and Dominance

  4. Chastity, Redemption and Feminine Desire

  5. Conceptual Sex, Conceptual Art

  6. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Christopher Z. Hobson
      Pages 221-234

About this book


This book lays bare numerous sexy Blakes, arguing for both chastity and pornography, violence and domination as well as desire and redemption, and also journeying in the realms of conceptual sex and conceptual art. Fierce tussles over the body in, and the body of, the poet-artist's work celebrate Blakean attractions and repulsions.


gender poetry William Blake William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen P. Bruder
    • 1
  • Tristanne Connolly
    • 2
  1. 1.UK
  2. 2.St. Jerome’s UniversityCanada

About the editors

Magnus Ankarsjö, University of Buckingham, UK Lucy Cogan, Queen's University Belfast, UK Michelle Leigh Gompf, Concord University, West Virginia, USA Joel Gwynne, National Institute of Education, Singapore Christopher Z. Hobson, State University of New York, USA Yoko Ima-Izumi, University of Tsukuba, Japan Kathryn Sullivan Kruger, Benedictine University, Illinois, USA Tommy Mayberry, University of Waterloo, Canada Paige Morgan, University of Washington, USA Sean David Nelson, University of California, USA David Shakespeare, University of Waterloo, Canada Philippa Simpson, Royal Museums Greenwich, UK Susanne Sklar, Carthage College, Wisconsin, USA Ayako Wada, Tottori University, Japan Angus Whitehead, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore?

Bibliographic information


“The editors provide an incisive, polemical introduction to the book’s treatment of sex and gender in Blake’s work and its reception history. … the book remains essential reading for those interested in Blake’s representations of women and gender in his poetry and art. It shows in a definitive way that Blake’s value for sexual theory and practice both in his day and ours depends ultimately on the intellect and outlook that readers bring to his work.” (G. A. Rosso, Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, Vol. 50 (3), Winter, 2016-2017)