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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

John Keats and the Medical Imagination

Editors: Roe, Nicholas (Ed.)

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  • Features essays from a range of world-renowned Keats scholars
  • Opens hitherto unconsidered perspectives on Keats’s life and work as a trainee surgeon at Guy’s 
  • Questions whether our assessments of Keats’s genius should focus on the poet’s earlier medical years rather than, or along with, the 1819
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About this book

This book presents ten new chapters on John Keats's medical imagination, beginning with his practical engagement with dissection and surgery, and the extraordinary poems he wrote during his 'busy time' at Guy's Hospital 1815-17. The Physical Society at Guy's and the demands of a medical career are explored, as are the lyrical spheres of botany, melancholia, and Keats's strange oxymoronic poetics of suspended animation. Here too are links between surveillance of patients at Bedlam and of inner city streets that were walked by the poet of 'To Autumn'. The book concludes with a survey of multiple romantic pathologies of that most Keatsian of diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis. 

About the authors

Nicholas Roe is Professor of English Literature at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has written widely on John Keats, in books such as Keats and History (1995), John Keats and the Culture of Dissent (1997) and John Keats. A New Life (2012). He was for 17 years a Trustee  of the Keats-Shelley Memorial  Association and is Chair of the Keats Foundation. 

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“I did feel that the book splendidly achieves what Roe explains it set out to do, that is, ‘enabling readers to comprehend the full span of [Keats’s] creative genius with fresh knowledge, enhanced understanding and deeper insight'. Each chapter provides a most useful collection of references for further study. This book helps students of Keats’s poetry to work towards a learning of ‘a great whole’…” (Elizabeth Askey, The British Society for Literature and Science, bsls.ac.uk, 2017)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-20

    Roe, Nicholas

  • John Keats’s ‘Guy’s Hospital’ Poetry

    Pages 21-41

    Ghosh, Hrileena

  • The Beauty of Bodysnatching

    Pages 43-55

    Burch, Druin

  • Mr. Keats

    Pages 57-72

    Roe, Nicholas

  • John Keats in the Context of the Physical Society, Guy’s Hospital, 1815–1816

    Pages 73-90

    Barnard, John

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
John Keats and the Medical Imagination
Editors
  • Nicholas Roe
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63811-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63811-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63810-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87642-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 262
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations
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