Conference Programme


Sixth Bicentennial John Keats Conference


Keats in 1819: Cloudy Trophies, Quiet Power


17-19 May 2019 at Keats House, Hampstead


 Friday 17 May 2019


2.00pm REGISTRATION Keats House, The Nightingale Room, and WELCOME from the organisers and Rob Shakespeare, Curator of Keats House


3.00pm – 4.00pm: LECTURE 1: Seamus Perry (University of Oxford): Keats’s Noises Off


4.00pm: Coffee / Tea


4.30pm – 5.50pm: PANEL 1: Keats and Quietude


Anthony Howe (Birmingham City University): Quiet Powers: Some Types of Silence in Keats’s Poetry


Yasir Al-Jumaili (Koya University, Iraq): Was Silence Quiet: A Study of Metaphors of Silence in Keats’s Poetry


Heidi Thomson (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand): The Quiet Power of The Fall of Hyperion





Saturday 18 May: The Nightingale Room


9.40am – 11.00am: PANEL 2: Revisiting ‘To Autumn’


Li Ou (Chinese University of Hong Kong): On Sitting Down to Read ‘To Autumn’ Once Again


Yoshikazu Suzuki (Japan Women’s University, Tokyo): Keats’s Antiphonal Music: Peterloo and ‘To Autumn’


Peter Phillips (Independent Scholar): Keats’s Nectarine: Feasting and Famishing in 1819


11.00am: Coffee / Tea


11.30am – 12.30pm: PANEL 3: Poetry and Play


Charlotte Evans (University of Birmingham): Keats and Fanny Brawne: Productivity and ‘Play of Mind’ in 1819


Flora Lisica (University of Cambridge): The Tragedy of Otho the Great


12.30pm: LUNCH


2.00pm – 3.00pm: Lecture 2: Emily Rohrbach (Manchester University): Vanishing Books, Cockney Poetics: Reading Keats with Leigh Hunt and Letitia Landon


3.15pm – 4.35pm: PANEL 4: Narrative Poems


Carly Stevenson (University of Sheffield): Looking in Keats’s Lamia


Marco Canani (Università degli Studi di Milano): Sorceresses, nymphs, and monsters: Keats and Apuleius in 1819


Amina Brik (University of Manouba, Tunisia): Keats and Swoon: From the Myth of St Agnes to the Mythology of Individual Consciousness


4.35pm: Coffee / Tea


5.00pm – 6.20pm: PANEL 5: The Odes


Mark Sandy (Durham University): A Sense of an Ending: Poetic Closing and Closure in Keats’s 1819 Odes


John Williams (University of Greenwich): Eden, Arcadia and the Death of Poetry in John Keats’s ‘Ode on Indolence’


Inês Rosa (University of Lisbon): ‘Quiz[zing] it myself’: Keats’s Speculative Rhetoric


7.00 pm. CONFERENCE DINNER at Freemasons Arms



Sunday 19 May: The Nightingale Room


10.00am – 11.20am: PANEL 6: Letters, Manuscripts and Effigies


Rosie Whitcombe (Birmingham City University): Connection, Consolation and the Long-Distance Letter


Richard Marggraf Turley and Jennifer Squire (Aberystwyth University): ‘Haggard and woe-begone’: The Arundels’ Tomb and ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’


Mark Wiltshire (Christie’s): Collecting John Keats: The market for first editions and manuscripts


11.20am: Coffee / Tea 


11.45am – 12.45pm: Lecture 3: Lucasta Miller (Biographer): The Eve of St Agnes, Isabella Jones and Cockney ambiguity: What the Keatsian poetess L.E.L. can add to our cultural understanding


12.45pm: LUNCH


1:45pm – 3.10pm: PANEL 7: Keats Among the Poets


Kelvin Everest (Liverpool University): Keats Meets Coleridge


Anna Mercer (Keats House/ Cardiff University): Keats and the Shelleys


Meiko O’Halloran (Newcastle University): ‘Patient travail’: Keats and Samson Agonistes


3.10pm: Coffee / Tea


3.40pm – 4.40pm: PANEL 8: Keats and Science


Sean Hughes (Imperial College London) and Hrileena Ghosh (Independent Scholar): Keats and the Temporal Artery Revisited


Meegan Hasted (University of Queensland, Australia): The Science of Eternity in the Hyperion Poems


4.40pm – 5pm: CLOSING REMARKS


The Keats Foundation is a UK registered charity, No. 114758

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