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The Many Lives of William Blake

Global Blake brings together an international network of scholars working on William Blake and was established in January 2022.

From almost complete obscurity following his death in 1827, William Blake has become one of the most important figures in British cultural life. What is less understood, outside certain pockets such as the USA and Japan, is the significance of Blake elsewhere in the world.

Today, Blake’s global presence cannot be underestimated. The aim of the Network is to showcase the wide variety of scholarship on Blake or global 'Blakes' and to provide an overview of the appropriations or rewritings as well as international scholarship on Blake which falls into three categories: art, literature and music.

The Network is dedicated creating an environment that is productive and conducive for all who engage in scholarship on the work and art of William Blake. Its members are involved in research relating to English literature, art history, reception, navigating between archival work and media studies, reading and viewing Blake, through the lenses of literary theory and historicisms, as well as consideration of contexts, printing technologies and the politics in Blake and in Blake studies from the eighteenth century to the present day. The Network invites established as well as emerging authors and researchers to partake in its In Conversation Series as well as Events, such as Symposia and Conferences.

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Sibylle Erle - Editorial Director

Sibylle Erle, FRSA, FHEA, is an educator, writer, editor and academic working on Blake, death and monsters. She has written extensively on Blake’s art, his German reception and Anglo-German relations in British Romanticism. She is editor of VALA, the journal of The Blake Society.

Sibylle is editorial director. She works on the development of the Network's different strands. She is also Chair of the Blake Society.

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Jason Whittaker - Content Director

Jason Whittaker is a writer and professor at the University of Lincoln specialising in William Blake. He has published and edited seven books on Blake and is the editor of the Blake blog, Zoamorphosis.com. He is responsible for development of content on Global Blake as well as its design. He is also Treasurer of The Blake Society and managing editor for VALA.

You can find out more about him and his work at jasonwhittaker.co.uk. 

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Annise Rogers - Press Officer

Annise Rogers is a PGR writer focusing on William Blake's Vala, or The Four Zoas and poetical forms. She has written for VALA, the Journal of the Blake Society, and has a chapter on the connections between the visual art of Tolkien and Blake in the upcoming book The Romantic Spirit in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien. She is also Membership Secretary of The Blake Society.

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Sharon Choe - Reviews Editor

Sharon Choe is a Research Associate at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, York UK. Her work on William Blake, Old Norse poetry, and Disability Studies has been published in journals including Studies in English Literature 1500–1900, Mirator, and VALA: The Journal of the Blake Society, and she has upcoming publications on Blake and disability with OUP and Routledge.

Sharon is also an author and writes fiction reviews for trade publishers in her spare time. For more on her creative work visit sharonchoebooks.com.

To submit items for review, please contact Sharon via reviews@globalblake.com.

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Camila Oliveira - Blake and Music

Camila Oliveira is Assistant Researcher at the English Department of the University of Lisbon, Trustee of the Blake Society and Blake Cottage Trust. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/ Kings College London (2021) and a MA in Music. She translated Jerusalem the Emanation of the Giant of Albion into Portuguese (2023) and currently researches the influence of William Blake in popular music.