William Blake: Innocence and Experience

Saturday, June 8, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 8 – 29

1 – 3 pm

Led by Susanne Sklar

In the world of William Blake’s poetry and art, Innocence is a state through which we pass and to which we can return. This discussion course, exploring Blake’s early illuminated books and poetry, can move us through innocence and experience to the threshold of what Blake calls “the Palace of Wisdom.” From Blake’s visionary viewpoint, we will grapple with a variety of erotic, theological, socio-political, and ecological questions. Please read Songs of Innocence for the first session.

Susanne Sklar, a member of the Cumnor Fellowship, Oxford, has been teaching and writing about William Blake since 1981.

Materials List
Required:
William Blake: The Complete Illuminated Books
. Ed. David Bindman. Thames & Hudson, 2008. ISBN: 9780500282458

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Four sessions, $130
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.