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Published: 01 May 2019

320 Pages | 11 black and white illustrations

9 x 6 inches

ISBN: 9781786941817

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Keats's Negative Capability

New Origins and Afterlives

Edited by Brian Rejack and Michael Theune

Liverpool University Press

Romantic Reconfigurations Studies in Literature and Culture 1780 1850

  • The first essay collection devoted solely to Keats's famous and influential concept
  • Offers extended attention to some of negative capability's understudied origins, including the Christmas pantomime, the transcription of Keats's letter, its roots in the criticism of William Hazlitt, and its connections to Keats's medical training
  • Pays attention to some of negative capability's significant afterlives, including Julio Cortazar's Imagen de John Keats, Zen Buddhism, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, the poetry and poetics of Elizabeth Bishop and Jorie Graham
  • Essays from multiple disciplinary and historical perspectives: the history of psychoanalysis, Bakhtinian dialogism, contemporary pop culture, contemporary American poetry, and the philosophy of Jean-Luc Marion
  • Foreword by Nicholas Roe, author of John Keats: A New Life