21. June 2011 · Comments Off on JULY MEETING OF THE BLAKE SOCIETY · Categories: Society News


6.30 pm Tuesday 19 July 2011

The City of Westminster Archives Centre

10 St. Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE

– just off Parliament Square –


Corroding Mindforgd Manacles 

~ Violence as a Positive Force in Blake ~ 

 A Talk by Michelle Gompf

Images of violence against a background of revolution or apocalypse are expected and accepted in Blake.  In other contexts, particularly when exercised against women, violence is disturbing.  However, in Blake violence can serve as a positive force.  It may cause the victim’s senses to expand, leading to the breaking of the ‘mind-forg’d manacles’   the acceptance of narrow societal vision.  This talk will focus on exploring such passages in Blake’s works that illuminate the disturbing possibility of positive violence.

Michelle Gompf is Associate Professor of English at Concord University in West Virginia.  She is currently on a sabbatical in order to finish a book length study of allusions and connections to William Blake in Thomas Harris’s four Hannibal Lecter novels, as well as to expand her research into violence and evil in Blake’s works.

Comments closed.