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Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary TheatreEntering the Divine Body$
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Susanne M. Sklar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199603145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603145.001.0001

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(p.xviii) (p.1) Introduction
Blake's Jerusalem As Visionary Theatre

Susanne M. Sklar

Oxford University Press

Blake's Jerusalem has baffled many good readers, but approaching it as visionary theatre reveals the coherence of its complexities and strange language. Key terms – such as visionary theatre, Divine Body, Zoa, Emanation, Selfhood, and Blake's four states of being (Ulro, Generation, Beulah, Eden/Eternity) – must be described or defined before approaching his illuminated poem both creatively and critically. Jerusalem seeks to move its readers (with its characters) from a merely rational approach (called Ulro) to an imaginative one in which all things interconnect in what can be called ‘differentiated unity’ (Eden/Eternity). A brief overview of Jerusalem's reception history prepares the ground for the imaginatively theological approach this book is offering.

Keywords:   Visionary Theatre, imagination, Divine Body, Ulro, Eden/Eternity, reception history, differentiated unity

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