Reading the heart, reading the world: Keats's historiographical aesthetic

Emily Rohrbach*

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In view of John Keats's critique that "the nature of the world will not admit of" philosophical history's progressive temporality, this essay reads anew the relation between William Robertson's History of America and Keats's "Chapman's Homer" sonnet. Much recent criticism cites Robertson's History as Keats's historical "source" for the poem, without questioning the narrative form through which it mediates historical realities. By contrast, this essay shows how the aesthetic and formal effects of Keats's poem critique the temporal assumptions underlying the predominant narrative forms of Enlightenment historiography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-288
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Romantic Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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