Saturday, 14 February 2015

Lecture on text-and-image in Blake's poetry

The Department of English,
Bharati College
invites you
to a lecture titled
‘The Marriage of Words and Pictures’
to be given by
Dr. N.A. Jacob,
Assistant Professor, Department of English,
Ramjas College
University of Delhi
on Tuesday, 17th February 2015
in the college Theatre Room
from 10:50 AM to 11:45 AM.


The dynamic relationship between words and pictures in Blake’s poetry resists the sterility of a text versus illustration hierarchy. By drawing our attention to the space that lies at the cusp of the visual and the verbal, Blake’s illuminated poetry attempts to bring about a rapprochement between words and pictures and also forces us to recognize the fragility of our distinctions between the mental and the phenomenal.

My paper will begin by placing Blake’s intermedial experiments within the broader context of Romantic theory and then go on to focus on specific plates from The Songs of Innocence and Experience,  The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and The First Book of Urizen.


N. A. Jacob teaches English at Ramjas College, University of Delhi. His doctoral thesis at Rutgers University was titled Looking Through Words: Histories of the Visual Image in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

For more details, feel free to call/text Ms. Bhawna Khera at 08376953641 or email to