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Author Mizukoshi, Ayumi, 1967-

Title Keats, Hunt, and the aesthetics of pleasure / Ayumi Mizukoshi.

Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  821.7 M69    Check Shelf
Description vii, 228 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Romanticism in perspective
Romanticism in perspective (Palgrave (Firm))
Note Based on the author's thesis (doctoral--Oxford).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 184-221) and index.
Summary "Keats, Hunt and the Aesthetics of Pleasure tackles the age-old interpretative problem of 'pleasure' in Keats's poetry by placing him in the context of the liberal, leisured and luxurious culture of Hunt's circle. Challenging the standard narrative which attributes Keats's astonishing poetic development to his separation from Hunt, the author cogently argues that Keats, profoundly imbued with Hunt's bourgeois ethic and aesthetic, remained a poet of sensuous pleasure until the end of his short career." "The author shows how Hunt's espousal of the new ethics of luxury, his adoption of Theocritean pastoral, his aestheticisation of Spenser's Bower of Bliss and his appropriation of ancient Greek culture all reflected and responded to an increasing middle-class demand for pleasure and prestige; and how Hunt, Keats and other Cockney writers employed the potentially subversive power of poetry of pleasure, not necessarily as a vehicle for social reform but certainly as a means to vindicate the social status of the suburban middle class."--Jacket.
Contents Introduction: A Problem of Interpretation -- A problem of pleasure -- A problem of politics -- The Cockney revival -- The Bourgeois Cultural Revolution -- The ethics of luxury -- The aesthetics of pleasure -- The question of morality -- The question of vulgarity -- Culture, commerce and commercialism -- The Aesthetics of Nature -- Nature for conspicuous consumption -- The suburban gardenesque -- The charge of Cockneyism -- Hunt's version of pastoral -- The Bower of Bliss: Spenser commodified -- Classicism as Cultural Luxury -- The Greek revival -- The rise of nationalism -- The rise of the popular -- The attack on Cockney classicism -- Classicism for bourgeois consumption -- The politics of pagan pleasure -- 'A Leafy Luxury': Poems (1817) -- A problem of canonisation -- 'A love of sociality': epistles and sonnets -- Leafy luxury: Spenser suburbanised -- 'Wherein Lies Happiness?': Endymion (1818) -- Leafy luxury extended -- The aesthetics of Beauty and Truth -- 'Visions of Delight': Lamia (1820) -- Metamorphosis incomplete -- A poet of sensation -- A problem of popularity -- Conclusion: The Return of the Aesthetic.
Subject Keats, John, 1795-1821 -- Aesthetics.
Literature and society -- England -- History -- 19th century.
English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859 -- Friends and associates.
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859 -- Aesthetics.
Aesthetics, British -- 19th century.
Social classes in literature.
Romanticism -- England.
Pleasure in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 0333929586
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