Keats and Philosophy

The Life of Sensations

By Shahidha Kazi Bari

© 2012 – Routledge

184 pages

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About the Book

John Keats remains one of the most familiar and beloved of English poets, but has received surprisingly little critical attention in recent years. This study is a fresh contribution to Keats criticism and Romantic scholarship, positioning Keats as a figure of philosophical interest who warrants renewed attention.

Exploring Keats’s own Romantic accounts of feeling and thinking, this study draws a connection between poetry and the phenomenological branches of modern philosophy. The study takes Keats’s poetic evocation of touching hands, wandering feet, beating hearts and breathing bodies as a descriptive elaboration of consciousness and a phenomenological account of experience. The philosophical terms of analysis adopted here challenge the orthodoxies of Keats scholarship, traditionally characterised by the careful historicisation of a limited canon. The philosophical framework of analysis enhances the readings put forward, while Keats’s poems, in turn, serve to give fuller expression of those ideas themselves. Using Keats as a particular case, this book also demonstrates the ways in which theory and philosophy supplement literary scholarship.

Table of Contents

Selected Contents: Introduction 1. Feeling 2. Breathing, Beating, Being 3. Becoming 4. Wondering 5. Surviving

About the Author

Shahidha Kazi Bari is a lecturer in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Romanticism

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004180
LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance