Thai scholar explores hyper-chaos in Blake’s Milton

Rawitawan Sophonpanich examines Blake's Milton a Poem in the light of Quentin Meillassoux' theory of hyper-chaos.

Issue 1 of Thoughts includes an article by Rawitawan Sophonpanich, "Nighttime and Speculative Realism in William Blake’s Milton":

William Blake’s Milton, written between 1804 and 1811, has always been considered a challenging work. This research article provides two possible interpretations of the epic. First, it argues for a reading of Blake within the Enlightenment movement, which sheds new light on both the poet and the era. Second, the study suggests that Blake’s cosmos in the poem bears a resemblance to Quentin Meillassoux’ notion of hyper-chaos. This concept has its root in the field of speculative realism, a branch of philosophy that defends the autonomy of the world from human access with imaginative boldness. Focusing on nighttime as a potent object in the Blakean cosmos, the article ends withan analysis of howBlake constructs nighttime in Milton as a hyper-chaotic space filledwith infinite potentiality and contingency.

Rawitawan Sophonpanich is a member of the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Liberal Arts at Thammasat University, Thailand.

This paper is available at (Open Access.)