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Brahma in the West


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List of Figures Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction 1. Politics 2. Mythography 3. Theology Postscript Appendix A. Mythographic Material from Joseph Priestley Appendix B. Synopsis of The Four Zoas Notes Selected Bibliography Index

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David Weir is Associate Professor on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He is the author of Anarchy and Culture: The Aesthetic Politics of Modernism; James Joyce and the Art of Mediation; and Decadence and the Making of Modernism.


"David Weir's approach to Blake's reconstitution of the Indian mythopoetic thought in his own terms--his locating of Blake's vision in terms of Oriental Renaissance--takes into account the history of interpretation of Hindu texts by colonialist and non-colonialist writers of the eighteenth century. As Weir suggests, in many places when the colonialist authors saw 'error and superstition, ' Blake's poetic mind encountered mythic richness. More important is the fact that Weir looks into Blake's own misreadings, locating them historically, and he makes a good case for the legitimacy of misreading as part of cross cultural influence. It is all very fascinating."

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