Graduation Year

2016

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Reader 1

Aaron Matz

Reader 2

Michelle Decker

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Abstract

In my thesis, I explore William Blake's technique of combining word and image in his practice of engraving. The unity of text and image is deeply related to his unique mythology and concept of infinity. Blake's artistic theories and practices, such as his emphasis on the line as the most essential artistic element, are reflective of his understanding of art in relation to human perception and imagination. The interaction of his words and images provides a space of imaginative engagement for the reader, which opens the doors of perception and creates the possibility of revealing infinity.

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