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January was a William Blake-themed month in Oxford, so the Oxford Culture Review sent me to a lecture by renowned Blake scholar Saree Makdisi (UCLA).
In December, the Ashmolean Museum opened the exhibition William Blake: Apprentice and Master, which displays an impressive selection of Blake’s most famous works until March. Tying in with this exhibition, the Ashmolean and Blackwell’s Bookshop have collaborated to create the Inspired by Blake festival, which runs from 18-31 January and presents an impressive range of extremely varied events, from printmaking workshops to a rap performance, all related to Blake’s versatile art. On Friday the 23rd, the Ashmolean hosted Blake scholar Saree Makdisi from UCLA for a public lecture called ‘Reading in the Spirit of Blake.’ The lecture was connected to Professor Makdisi’s book Reading William Blake, which is forthcoming this March.
In his lecture, which was attended by an impressively heterogeneous audience, Makdisi emphasised the relationship between words and images in Blake’s works: the distinction between the two forms of art is at times difficult to…
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