Brief Description of Course: An examination of the ways in which Keats's poetry reflects his unique experience as an urban, middle-class poet writing for a Regency England public. This course will examine Keats’s relationship to the material culture of London, through the study of his poems and letters, along with selected literary criticism.
Required Reading: John Keats: Complete Poems, ed. Jack Stillinger (Harvard UP), John Keats: Selected Letters. Ed. John Barnard (Penguin Classics). Course texts are available at the Bob Miller Book Room. These will be supplemented by PDFs of selected primary and theoretical materials.
Method of Instruction: Seminar.
Method of Evaluation: Class presentation (20%); short paper (5-7 pp.,) (20%); a research paper of approximately twenty pages (35%); seminar participation (10%); Quercus postings (10%); TBA (5%).