Abstract

Van Kleeck, "Editioning William Blake's VALA/The Four Zoas"

In this article, I examine the editorial history of Blake's VALA/Four Zoas manuscript in order to show how individual editors have influenced our understanding of the work through their editorial biases and their editions. I argue that we must make such critical examinations of editions when using them. Finally, I discuss how electronic editions provide more freedom and more critical methods for engaging with Blake's work. This essay appears in _Editing and Reading Blake_, a volume of _Romantic Circles Praxis Series_, prepared exclusively for Romantic Circles (http://www.rc.umd.edu/), University of Maryland.