Notes from an Archivist of Radicalism

Christopher Rowland

Abstract


Archivists of radicalism working in any institutional framework  may be be touched by the material which they study. In such circumstances that may mean that change is less about insurrection and more about reformation,  involving as it does  the constant dialectic between being a manager and a radical, unsurprisingly so, for, as Blake put it, ‘Without Contraries is no progression (Marriage of Heaven and Hell  3, E34). This essay explores the archives of radicalism which started with visits to Brazil which led to the study of the texts and images of William Blake (1757-1827) and the writings of Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676).


Keywords


Radical; archivist; divinity manager; insurrection; William Blake; Gerrard Winstanley; John Robinson; Thomas Merton; Paul

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Bible and Critical Theory: ISSN 1832-3391