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Text, Identity, Subjectivity

Finding Ourselves in Literature and Art

James Rovira, Author

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"Every thing that lives is holy." -- William Blake

Text, Identity, Subjectivity
is James Rovira's open-access Digital Humanities project exploring the ways in which we employ our reading and production of texts -- both visual and linguistic -- to shape our sense of self.  This Scalar e-book will integrate some work from my previous conference papers with new work carried out during the 2013 NEH Summer Seminar Reassessing British Romanticism.  My interest in this topic begins with Søren Kierkegaard and the British Romantics, particularly William Blake, and moves both forwards and backwards in time and across disciplines, integrating literature, art, history, book production, and philosophy.

Many of the conference papers uploaded here draw from, reinterpret, or newly apply the ideas in my monograph Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury 2010 hardcover, 2011 paperback) to other questions, topics, and literatures.  This monograph has been reviewed by Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly, Comparative Literature Studies, Choice, and Zoamorphosis.  If you click the book link above you'll be taken to its page on, where you can read J.A. Saklofske's (Acadia University) very competent review and summary for Choice.  The paper here that most fully represents the premise of the book is "Creation Anxiety in Mary Shelley."

At present, readers can follow two paths: a Blake path beginning with the essay "Picturing Language and the Language of Pictures in Blake's Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy," and a Kierkegaard path beginning with the essay "The Kierkegaardian Aesthetic and Blakean Innocence."  Either path may include papers that make reference to the other author.  

Background image: Cynthia Morefield, Pilgrimage Year: November.

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