Finding Gloucester’s Eyeballs: Keats’s Letters and their Poetry


letterAn Inventions of the Text seminar led by Dr Anthony Howe (Birmingham City University) will examine the links between John Keats’s life, letters, and his poetry. The seminar takes place on 5th November at 17.30. Attendees who are not based at Durham University are welcome, but as space is limited please email inventionsofthetext@gmail.com to reserve a place.

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.

For details of future Inventions of the Text seminars, follow the Inventions website.

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