Keats House Hampstead

Conference 2017 – John Keats, 1817: Moments, Meetings, and the Making of a Poet

The Keats Foundation’s bicentennial Keats Conference for 2017 will be from Friday 19 – Sunday 21 May 2017 at Keats House, Hampstead, London.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Kelvin Everest (Liverpool)
  • Theresa M. Kelley (Wisconsin)
  • Greg Kucich (Notre Dame)

So many important things happened in 1817 for John Keats, from his decision to quit medicine and  the momentous publication of Poems to his seeing the Elgin Marbles, meeting Isabella Jones, writing his ‘Negative Capability’ letter and finishing Endymion just as  the first of Blackwood’s attacks on the ‘Cockney School’ began. As 1817 drew to a close Keats  was at the ‘Immortal Dinner’ in Haydon’s painting room. This was  the year  when so much was put in motion for Keats’s  later writings and  literary relationships.

Please project papers on any aspect of Keats’s writings, life and literary relationships in 1817 and beyond. A bicentenary focus 1817-2017 would be helpful, but all paper proposals on John Keats will be welcomed. The formal Call for Papers will be issued later in the autumn of this year.