The Fall issue of Studies in Romanticism, available from today, includes a new article on Blake's most famous collection of poetry by independent scholar, Marsha Keith Schuchard. "Text Books for Innocence: Moravian-Swedenborgian Infant Education and William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience" explores the impact of Moravianism and Swedenborgianism on the Songs as explained in its abstract:
Marsha Keith Schuchard received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin for her thesis, "Freemasonry Secret Societies and the Continuity of the Occult Traditions in British Literature." While working as a medical editor in the international field of drug abuse prevention, she visited libraries and archives in many countries, where she continued her independent investigations of what she characterizes as "suppressed history." She is especially interested in 18th- and 19th-century secret societies, Jacobitism, Jewish mysticism, Sabbatianism, Swedenborgianism, Moravianism, and other heterodox religions, focusing on their influence on politics, literature, and the arts. Besides over sixty scholarly articles, she has published four books: Restoring the Temple of Vision: Cabalistic Freemasonry and Stuart Culture (Brill, 2002); Why Mrs. Blake Cried: William Blake and the Sexual Basis of Spiritual Vision (Random House, 2006); Emanuel Swedenborg, Secret Agent on Earth and in Heaven: Jacobites, Jews, and Freemasons in Early Modern Sweden (Brill, 2012); and Masonic Rivalries and Literary Politics: From Jonathan Swift to Henry Fielding (2018).
The Fall issue of Studies in Romanticism is available at https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/51324 and is open access for 30 days.