Abjection and the Melancholic Imagination: Towards a Poststructuralist Psychoanalytic Reading of Blake's The Book of Urizen

Julianne Buchsbaum
2009 Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net  
of Essay: Julia Kristeva's work on the semiotic and the symbolic seems particularly relevant to Blake's poem The Book of Urizen insofar as she is concerned with how we develop as speaking beings and how language both disguises and reveals evidence of a previous state of union with what she calls the maternal chora. These ideas allow for an interesting reading of Blake's concern with the splitting off of Urizen from the Eternals and how this splitting off enables him to emerge as a signifying
more » ... as a signifying subject who bears traces of traumatic loss and upheaval, or of what Kristeva would term "the abject.
doi:10.7202/1001099ar fatcat:jvj7qcrhxzachdvoiezhdgfc5q