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- DescriptionFor William Blake (1757-1827), the idea of slavery was fundamental to his art and writing. He was fervently opposed to slavery and bitterly contemptuous of the forces in Britain that tried to prolong it. But for Blake slavery was also a mental state. To have limited perceptions, to pursue materialistic ends, to set oneself above others, to follow conventional religion or science was to be enslaved and to be held with 'mind-forg'd manacles' of one's own making. In Blake's art, many of his most dramatic and complex images show a confrontation between the forces of repression and those seeking freedom. With over 60 vivid reproductions from Blake's illuminated books, watercolours and engravings, Mind-forg'd Manacles includes an essay by curator and leading Blake scholar David Bindman. Bindman examines the following themes in Blake's poetry and visual art: the cruelties of slavery; The Little Black Boy and other black boys; slavery as restricted vision; chaining desire; and, throwing off the chains. A second essay by writer Darryl Pinckney explores blacks and literacy, ownership of the word, and the written language as proof of one's humanity, with a focus on eighteenth century black writers such as Sancho, Wheatley, Equia.
- Author BiographyDavid Bindman has recently retired from a Professorship in the History of Art at University College London. He has specialised mainly in British art, and has written extensively on William Blake, including Blake as an Artist, 1977, and on Hogarth, and has made studies of eighteenth-century sculpture and caricature. He was responsible for the exhibition The Shadow of the Guillotine: the British response to the French Revolution at the British Museum in 1989, and Serious Comedy: Hogarth and his Times, also at the British Museum in 1997. In recent years he has worked on issues of race and representation in Ape to Apollo: aesthetics and the idea of race, 1700-1800, 2002, and is currently editing the remaining three volumes of the series The Image of the Black in Western Art, for the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Darryl Pinckney is the author of a novel, High Cotton, 1992, and Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature, 2002, in Harvard's Alain Locke Lecture series. He is a visiting professor at Skidmore College, New York, where he teaches in the English and History departments. A long-time contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is currently completing a collection, Sold and Gone: Essays on African American Literature in the Twentieth Century.
- Author(s)Darryl Pinckney,David Bindman
- PublisherHayward Gallery Publishing
- Date of Publication22/11/2006
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintHayward Gallery Publishing
- Content Note45 col.ill. 22 b&w
- Weight426 g
- Width160 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine16 mm
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