YouTube has a collection of lectures given by Dr John McNamara of the University of Houston.
These are well worth looking at (the first can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wry5f_9iKyQ&list=PLKkZIp6qDGfTM9bOW_TcF9pcQUM710HHX) not least because he points out the importance of placing literature against the context in which it was written and the audiences who would have originally had access to it – he gives the specific, and daring, example of William Blake’s Little Black Boy (see below) – this is quite refreshing for those of us who find a lot of academics trying to impose modern concepts (ideological, religious, political etc) on works of previous generations.
By William Blake 1757–1827
- William Blake: English Poet & Artist (rogerswritings.wordpress.com)
- #DailyBookQuote 25th Oct13 : William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience (bhuwanchand.wordpress.com)
- Not Ceasing From Mental Fight – William Blake’s Mystic Vision (britlitsurvey2.wordpress.com)