Everything New Is Old Again
I’m a student in Dr. Panko’s class at Weber State. We’ve only met twice, and today was our first face-to-face discussion of the first 72 pages of TF.
I was chatting with another student (sorry, too soon to know names yet) about the old practice of illuminated texts. The most famous of these is Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.
(My mother introduced us to The Tyger when I was 8 or 9, so it’s one of the first poems I learned. In my former life as an English major, 37 years ago, I studied the Romantics avidly, so this has always been a favorite time period for me.)
I forgot that I had already pulled this off my bookshelf to read again recently, so I’m scanning in the page with The Tyger to give everyone a sense of how Blake was able to incorporate text and image, a functionality that was sadly lost until Danielewski and other postmodern authors re-awakened it.
In what ways does Danielewski build from this tradition, and in what ways does he depart from it?