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Marchetto Santorun, María Cecilia: "“The War ‘twixt Sun and Moon”. Evil and Gender in William Blake’s Early Illuminated Books and Alan Moore’s From Hell." In: English Studies 100.4 (2019), S. 387–406. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/0013838X.2018.1555983
BibTeX citation key: Santorun2019
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Keywords: "From Hell", Blake. William, Campbell. Eddie, Crime comics, Gender, Literature, Moore. Alan, United Kingdom
Creators: Marchetto Santorun
Collection: English Studies
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Blake’s two sides of evil—as revolution or as repression—are present in Alan Moore’s From Hell. There are two fundamental distinctions between them: although Moore uses similar criteria to judge inequalities, the magical dimension of his story is amoral, and Blake’s revolutionary evil fails to envision a satisfactory future for women. This article discusses Blake’s female allegories of revolution and male figures of domination in his early illuminated books; by contrasting them with Moore’s characters I will argue that Moore’s villain William Gull is neither punished nor rewarded by the supernatural. The distinction between the forces of revolutionary freedom and those of domination is not as clear as in Blake, as the same energies that fuel the villain allow female characters to challenge patriarchal oppression. This article explores evil as repression in Blake and in Moore, and addresses Moore’s treatment of evil and its connections with Blake’s ideas about gender.
  
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