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Keats and Philosophy

The Life of Sensations

By Shahidha Kazi Bari

Routledge – 2012 – 184 pages

Series: Routledge Studies in Romanticism

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    May 16th 2012

Description

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.

Contents

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

Author Bio

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

Name: Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Shahidha Kazi Bari. 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...
Categories: Romanticism, Literature & Philosophy, Literary/Critical Theory