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Keats and History


  • 7 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 340 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.512 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521039628)

The poems of John Keats have traditionally been regarded as most resistant of all Romantic poetry to the concerns of history and politics. But critical trends have begun to overturn this assumption. Keats and History brings together exciting work by British and American scholars, in thirteen essays which respond to interest in the historical dimensions of Keats's poems and letters, and open alternative perspectives on his achievement. Keats's writings are approached through politics, social history, feminism, economics, historiography, stylistics, aesthetics, and mathematical theory. The editor's introduction places the volume in relation to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century readings of the poet. Keats and History will be welcomed by students of English literature, and by all those interested in English Romanticism.

• Includes controversial approaches to reading Keats's poems, from political history to feminist criticism to mathematical theory • The best of contemporary and 'traditional' criticism • A powerful insight into Keats's achievement to coincide with his bicentennial year in 1995


List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; Preface and editor's acknowledgements; Abbreviations and a note on texts; 1. Introduction Nicholas Roe; 2. Keats enters history: autopsy, Adonais and the fame of Keats Susan J. Wolfson; 3. Keats, the critics and the politics of envy Martin Aske; 4. Charles Cowden Clarke's 'Cockney' commonplace book John Barnard; 5. History, self and gender in Ode to Psyche Daniel P. Watkins; 6. Isabella in the market-place: Keats and feminism Kelvin Everest; 7. Keats, fictionality and finance: The Fall of Hyperion Terence Allan Hoagwood; 8. 'When this warm scribe my hand': writing and history in Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion Michael O'Neill; 9. Keats, history and the poets Vincent Newey; 10. Keats's commonwealth Nicholas Roe; 11. Keats, ekphrasis and history Theresa M. Kelley; 12. Keats's literary tradition and the politics of historiographical invention Greg Kucich; 13. Keats and the prison house of history Nicola Trott; 14. Writing numbers: Keats, Hopkins and the history of chance John Kerrigan; Index.


Nicholas Roe, Susan J. Wolfson, Martin Aske, John Barnard, Daniel P. Watkins, Kelvin Everest, Terence Allan Hoagwood, Michael O'Neill, Vincent Newey, Theresa M. Kelley, Greg Kucich, Nicola Trott, John Kerrigan

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