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Author Bennett, Andrew, 1960-

Title Keats, narrative, and audience : the posthumous life of writing / Andrew Bennett
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1994


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Description xii, 254 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in Romanticism
Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 6
Contents Introduction: figures of reading -- 1. Narrative and audience in Romantic poetics -- 2. Keats's letters -- 3. The early verse and Endymion -- 4. 'Isabella' -- 5. 'The Eve of St Agnes' -- 6. 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' -- 7. The spring odes -- 8. The 'Hyperion' poems -- 9. 'To Autumn' -- Epilogue: allegories of reading ('Lamia')
Summary Andrew Bennett's original study of Keats focuses on questions of narrative and audience as a means to offer new readings of the major poems. It discusses ways in which reading is 'figured' in Keats's poetry, and suggests that such 'figures of reading' have themselves determined certain modes of response to Keats's texts. In particular, it explores the way in which Romantic writing figures reception as necessarily deferred to a time after the poet's death: reading as the 'posthumous life' of writing. Together with important new readings of Keats's poetry, the study presents a significant rethinking of the relationship between Romantic poetry and its audience. Developing recent discussions in literary theory concerning narrative, readers and reading, the nature of the audience for poetry, and the Romantic 'invention' of posterity, Bennett elaborates a sophisticated and historically specific reconceptualization of Romantic writing
Analysis English poetry
English poetry
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-249) and index
Subject Keats, John, 1795-1821 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Keats, John, 1795-1821 -- Technique.
Authors and readers -- England -- History -- 19th century.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Narrative poetry, English -- History and criticism.
Reader-response criticism.
Romanticism -- England.
LC no. 93024773
ISBN 0521445655