“Albion beheld thy beauty”. Vala, Jerusalem and Blake’s Holistic Approach to the Cosmos

Martina Zamparo (Università di Udine)

Abstract

Alla luce dell’attuale rilevanza degli studi blakeani e con particolare attenzioneai personaggi di Vala e Jerusalem, questo studio si propone di discuterel’atteggiamento controverso dell’autore nei confronti del mondo naturale edella dimensione femminile. Il ruolo di Vala come crudele dea della Naturasembra poter essere rivalutato se interpretato alla luce del simbolismo legatoalla divinità egiziana Iside, a sua volta associato al topos dello svelamento, cosìcome alla metafora della tessitura. Considerando, inoltre, le figure femminilidi Thel e Lyca, questo saggio intende dimostrare come l’originale rapporto traparola e immagine che caratterizza i plates blakeani contribuisca a promuoverela necessità di un’interazione empatica tra le dimensioni umana, naturale edivina: una relazione di inter-in-dipendenza tra uomo e cosmo che, sul modellodegli antichi Misteri, può essere compresa esclusivamente attraverso un percorsoiniziatico di rivelazione.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-139

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