Victorian Keats

Manliness, Sexuality and Desire

  • James Najarian

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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    Pages 1-10
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    Pages 125-135
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    Pages 136-160
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    Pages 184-186
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 187-240

About this book


This book explores the sexual implications of reading Keats. Keats was lambasted by critics throughout the nineteenth century for his sensuousness and his 'effeminacy'. The Victorians simultaneously identified with, imitated, and distrusted the 'unmanly' poet. Writers, among them Alfred Lord Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Addington Symonds, Walter Pater, and Wilfred Owen came to terms with Keats's work by creating out of the 'effeminate' poet a sexual and literary ally.


John Keats poet Tennyson

Authors and affiliations

  • James Najarian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishBoston CollegeMassachusettsUSA

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