24 October 2014

Dr Anthony Howe (Birmingham City University) - Finding Gloucester’s Eyeballs: Keats’s Letters and their Poetry (Wednesday 5th Nov 2014, 5.30pm, Hallgarth House, Department of English)

This paper will ask what it means to make literary critical, as opposed to biographical or other-paraphrastic, use of Keats's letters. I will discuss the generic extensiveness of Keats's epistolary writing -- its writerly fullness -- and the problems of traditional category in this respect. In particular I will consider the losses incurred when we isolate Keats's poetry from the letters into which, in many cases, they were placed. You may wish to (re-) read the short poems 'On the Sea' and 'The Eve of St Mark' in preparation. 

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