Bicentenary Conference 2018

Shadows, Magnitudes, Tests and Trials:

John Keats in 1818

18 – 20 May at Keats House, Hampstead


Friday 18 May 2018

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

2.45pm – 4.00pm: LECTURE 1: Carol Kyros Walker (Professor Emerita, City Colleges of Chicago, Daley College): ‘Walking North with Keats Much Later; following his tour to Scotland with his friend Charles Brown, undertaken Wednesday, June 24 to Saturday, August 8, 1818’

4.00pm: Coffee / Tea

4.30pm – 6.00pm: PANEL 1: Keats on the Move

John Barnard (University of Leeds): Keats’s ‘Pleasant Twinge’: ‘The first waterfall I ever saw’

Jake Phipps (Durham University): Shadow and Shade: An Examination of Robert Burns’ Influence on the Poetry of Keats

Rosie Whitcombe (Birmingham City University): ‘I will clamber through the Clouds and exist’: Keats Crossing the Threshold in 1818



Saturday 19 May 2018. The Nightingale Room

9.30am – 10.30am: PANEL 2: Circumstantial Keats

Rico Brown (Independent scholar): The Challenges Keats Faced in 1818 – Poesy, Women, & Health

Peter Phillips (Independent Scholar): Led on by circumstance: comparing the dramatic structure of Endymion and Isabella

10.30am: Coffee / Tea

11.00am – 12.30pm: PANEL 3: Aspects of Endymion

 Jonathan Mulrooney (College of the Holy Cross): Opening Endymion

Rayna Rossenova (University of Sofia): Keats’s ‘Powers of Imagination’: Endymion and the Four Types of Love

Richard Marggraf Turley (Aberystwyth University): Hissing Fancy into Belief: Vauxhall Gardens and Endymion

12.30pm: LUNCH

 2.00pm – 3.00pm: Lecture 2: Meiko O’Halloran (Newcastle University): Reaching for the Epic: Keats in the North

3.00pm – 4:30pm: PANEL 4: Existential Keats

Li Ou (Department of English, the Chinese University of Hong Kong): Keats’s Historical Scepticism and Voltaire

Eva Jenke (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): Shadows of Futurity. Proto-Existentialist Notions in Hyperion

William Stroup (Keene State College): Keats and Ecology:  The Epistle to Reynolds and the Cycles of Climatic Vision

4.30pm: Coffee / Tea

5.00pm – 6.30pm: PANEL 5: Trials and Experiments

Emily Rohrbach  (Manchester University): ‘I’ll cavern you, and grotto you’: Keats, Radcliffe. Austen, and the Conventions of Gothic Writing in 1818

Tina M. Iemma (St. John’s University): Trials of Poetic Identity: Examining Keats’s Ethics of Knowing

Jeffrey C. Robinson (University of Colorado, Boulder, and Glasgow University): Keats and Poetic Experiment in 1818

6.40pm: A poetry reading by Michael O’Neill

7.45 pm. CONFERENCE DINNER at Freemasons Arms


Sunday 20 May 2018. The Nightingale Room

 9.30am – 10.30am: PANEL 6: A Poet’s Work

Anna Anselmo (Université de la Valle d’Aosta): Walking in a poet’s shoes: Keats and the poetics of space

Michael Allen (Harvard University): The Work of Sadness in Keats

10.30am – 11.00am: Coffee / Tea 

11.00am – 12.00: Lecture 3: Richard Cronin (Glasgow University): John Keats in 1818

12.00 – 1.00pm: PANEL 7: Encountering Isabella

Heidi Thomson (Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand): ‘Thence proceeds mawkishness’: From Isabella (1818) to Lamia (1819), via Madeline (1819)

Marco Canani (Università degli Studi di Milano): A trial of invention, a change in the intellect: John Keats’s remediation of Boccaccio in Isabella; Or, The Pot of Basil

1.00pm: LUNCH

2.30pm – 3.30pm: PANEL 8: Medical Keats

Sean P. F. Hughes (Imperial College London): ‘My last operation was the opening of man’s temporal artery’

Hrileena Ghosh (Jadavpur University): An Account of Keats’s Medical Notebook

3.30pm: Coffee / Tea – 4.45pm: Giuseppe Albano – On the Keats-Shelley House in Rome   

4.45pm – 5pm: CLOSING REMARKS


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