A Glimpse of Blake’s Biblical Eroticism: an Illustration of Job

Amadeus Chen | 20th February 2016.

I came across William Blake’s illustrations of the Book of Job when I was working on his epic Milton: a Poem. And this particular piece “Job’s Evil Dream” caught my eye. This piece visualizes a specific line in the Book of Job: “Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions” (7: 14).

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An Inspiration for Murder? The Blakean Images in Popular Culture

September 6, 2016 | Amadeus Chen

What particular propensities in Blake’s poetry and art inspire fictional murders of the most gruesome kind? Or inspire the author to deem Blake a suitable spokesman for serial killers’ psyche? We can first take a look at Blake’s The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun, the painting Dolarhyde is so obsessed with that he has a full-scale tattoo of its image on his body.

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Punished or Not? The Problematic Ending of Mozart’s Don Giovanni

May 16, 2016 | Amadeus Chen

Mozart’s Don Giovanni (1787) is one of the most frequently performed operas of our time. Based on the Spanish legend of Don Juan, it also inspires philosophical and literary discussions due to Mozart’s unique musical rendering of the antagonist. The opera opens with Giovanni’s attempt to rape a noble lady Donna Anna, whose father, the Commendatore, challenges Giovanni to a duel but is killed by the latter.

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