Since coming over from Sweden in 2005, Magnus Ankarsjo has taught for various universities in England and Wales. His main field of expertise is the Romantic period, particularly William Blake. Magnus has published three books on Blake: his doctoral thesis Bring Me My Arrows of Desire: Gender Utopia in Blake’s “The Four Zoas” (Gothenburg Studies in English 87, 2004), William Blake and Gender (Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2006), and his most recent work William Blake and Religion: A New Critical Review (Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2009). This deals with the progressive scholarship on Blake in the last few decades and the recent crucial findings about his religious background (Moravianism and Swedenborgianism). He also works with the Blake group at Nottingham Trent University. His part of the project is to pursue the links to Emanuel Swedenborg and Scandinavia. A monograph on this theme, provisionally entitled William Blake and Swedenborgian Swedes, is now under way.
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