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William Blake Scholar to Speak at Meredith

Joseph Viscomi, a noted scholar of the Romantic Poet William Blake, will present "Blake's Enlightened Graphics: Illuminated Books and New Technologies," at Meredith College. The lecture will be held Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.

William Blake was an engraver who illustrated his own poetry and other literary works in innovative ways. He is known as a visionary poet and artist, always raising broad and difficult questions about life, beauty and culture. The presentation will show how Blake created his books and how they have been reproduced since, including how they are now reproduced in the Blake Archive.

Viscomi is the James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of English at UNC-Chapel Hill. An accomplished printmaker, Viscomi is co-editor/creator the William Blake Archive, a hypertext of Blake's poetry and art. The archive is sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the Carolina Digital Library and Archives at UNC-CH. Visit the archive at www.blakearchive.org.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Questions? Contact Meredith Professor of English Rebecca Duncan at (919) 760-2291 or duncanr@meredith.edu.

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