Dr Sarah Wootton: ‘“Into her Dream He Melted”: Women Artists Remodelling Keats’
This lecture will begin by exploring the various ways in which Keats and his poetry have been remodelled by feminist critics. The origins of what is now referred to as Keats’s 'ideological cross-dressing' will be traced back to early accusations of 'effeminacy' and the late nineteenth-century adulation of his poetry as a treasury of beautiful artefacts. In addition to his appeal to women readers during this period, I will also examine nineteenth-century women artists, such as Jessie Marion King, Anna Lea Merritt, Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, Henrietta Rae, Averil Burleigh and Anne Whitney, who, alongside more celebrated Pre-Raphaelite painters, produced influential and innovative images of the poet and his work.
This is part of the 'Modelling the Self' public lecture series.
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