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The Blossom

Merry Merry Sparrow
Under leaves so green
A happy Blossom
Sees you swift as arrow
Seek your cradle narrow
Near my Bosom.

Blake's Contraries Game

The essay reads William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience as kind of game, showing how it shares qualities of modern computer and video games such as virtual immersion, multimedia, interaction, and agency. Accompanying the essay is a digital, upgraded, interactive version of Blake's original game called "Contraries 2.0," which can be played by scholars in ways similar to McGann and Drucker's IVANHOE game.
January 2005

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Living Inside the Poem: MOOs and Blake's Milton

Blake designed his work to do more than sit on a page. The performative quality of Milton is examined and then enacted in a digital environment. The MOO provides an interactive space for re-creating Blake's space and relationship among characters. The digital project serves as a heuristic for reading the transformative quality of Blake's visions. Ultimately, the reader is not able to maintain an "objective" distance from the visionary work.
January 2005

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"If the acts have been perform'd let the Bard himself witness": William Blake's Milton and MOO space

This essay explores what MOO space can tell us about Blake's Milton and, conversely, what Blake's Milton can tell us abut MOO space. Specifically, this essay maintains that the performative potential of the immersive textuality of MOO space opens new possibilities for critical approaches to one of Blake's most challenging poems. By eliminating the distance between the fictional character within a text and its reader/player, MOO space arguably allows for a sense of the aesthetic experience as an intersubjective event. In this way, Blake's Milton in MOO space allows for the experiential realization of the non-linearity of Blake's text in ways that are inaccessible for traditional modes of scholarly practice.
January 2005

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