Healing: Isabella, or The Pot of Tulāsi

  • Nikki Hessell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


Hessell provides a unique insight into John Keats’s poetry and medical training by uncovering his familiarity with indigenous Indian medical practices. This chapter examines the Kerala author Moorkoth Kumaran’s 1927 translation of Keats’s Isabella. Paying attention to the references to India and the wider colonised world in the poem, this chapter argues for an underlying discourse of colonial medicine based around Kumaran’s version of the verses. It demonstrates the importance of debates about Indian and Western medicine in the 1920s, as Kumaran composed his translation.


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  • Nikki Hessell
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