The Blake Society presents: Jerusalem – Blake, Parry and the Fight for Englishness

Wednesday 17th October 18:30 - 20:30 at London - Gower Street

While Blake’s stanzas from ‘Milton, a Poem’ that begin ‘And did those feet’ have become well known in the centuries following his death, along with the circumstances of Hubert Charles Parry’s setting during the First World War, there has never been a study of the reception of the hymn better known as ‘Jerusalem’ in the hundred years since it was set to music. This talk will explore several ways in which ‘Jerusalem’ has been used and abused – as an anthem of both left and right, of sporting communities, royal celebrations, anarchist critiques of the state or pro-fascist bigotry – and whether it holds any answers to the thorny question of what is Englishness.

Professor Jason Whittaker is Head of the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln. He has written extensively on Blake, in particular dealing with Blake’s reception in the twentieth century as well as the issue of nationalism in Blake’s work. His next book will be a history of the reception of ‘Jerusalem’ from 1804 to 2016.

Tickets are £6 each for Blake Society members & students; £8 each for non-members and include a complimentary glass of juice or wine.
London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Wednesday 17th October 18:30 - 20:30

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