Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Selected Criticism about Keats

  • Aske, Martin. Keats and Hellenism: An Essay. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1985.
  • Bari, Shahidha Kazi. Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations. London: Routledge, 2011.
  • Barnard, John. John Keats. Cambridge, 1987.
  • Barnard, John. Keats’s Letters: ‘Remembrancing and Enchaining.’ In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 120-134. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Barnard, John. First Fruits or First Blights: A New Account of the Publishing History of Keats’s Poems (1817). Romanticism 12.2 (2006).
  • Barnard, John. Who Killed John Keats? Times Literary Supplement, 2 Dec. 2009.
  • Barth, J. Robert. Keats’s Way of Salvation. Studies in Romanticism 45.2 (2006): 285-97.4
  • Bate, Walter. Jackson. Negative Capability. The Intuitive Approach in Keats. New York: Contra Mundum P, 2012. (Originally published in 1939; a key book.)
  • Bate, Walter. Jackson. The Stylistic Development of Keats. New York, 1945.
  • Bayley, John. Keats and Reality. In Proceedings of the British Academy (1962): 91-125.
  • Bennett, Andrew. Keats, Narrative and Audience: The Posthumous Life of Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994.
  • Beer, Gillian. Aesthetic Debate in Keats’s Odes. Modern Language Review 64.4 (1969) 742-48.
  • Bewell, Alan. Keats’s ’Realm of Flora’. Studies in Romanticism 31.1 (1992) 71-98.
  • Bloom, Harold. Poetry and Repression: Revisionism from Blake to Stevens. New Haven: Yale UP, 1976. (Contains a challenging reading of The Fall of Hyperion.)
  • Bradley, A. C. The Letters of John Keats. Oxford Lectures on Poetry. 209-244. London: Macmillan, 1950.
  • Bromwich, David. Keats. In Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic, 362–401. New York: Oxford UP, 1983.
  • Bromwich, David. Keats’s Radicalism. Studies in Romanticism. 25.2 (1986): 197-210.
  • Brooks, Cleanth. Keats’s Sylvan Historian: History Without Footnotes. In The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry. 139-52. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1947.
  • Cox, Jeffrey N. Lamia, Isabella, and The Eve of St. Agnes — Eros and ‘romance’. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 53-68. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Cox, Jeffrey. Poetry and Politics in the Cockney School: Keats, Shelley, Hunt and their Circle. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998. (Central to understanding Keats’s political context.)
  • Creaser, John. John Keats: Odes. In A Companion to Romanticism. Ed. Duncan Wu, 237-246. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 1999.
  • Cronin, Richard. Keats and the Double Life of Poetry. Romanticism 22.2 (July 2016): 147-56. (Nicely complicates the idea of Keats as a political poet.)
  • de Almeida, Hermione. Romantic Medicine and John Keats. New York: Oxford UP, 1991.
  • de Man, Paul. Introduction: The Negative Road. In John Keats: Selected Poetry: ix-xxxvi. New York: New American Library, 1966. (An underused introduction to Keats, but with some strong insights.)
  • Edmundson, Mark. Keats’s Mortal Stance. Studies in Romanticism 26.1 (1987): 85-104.
  • Eisner, Eric. Keats, Lyric and Personality. In Nineteenth Century Poetry and Literary Celebrity. Ed. Eric Eisner, 48-67. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Eliot, T. S. Shelley and Keats. In The Use of Poetry and the Use of Criticism. London: Faber, 1933.
  • Evert, Walter H. and Jack W. Rhodes, eds. Approaches to Teaching Keats’s Poetry. New York: Modern Language Association, 1991.
  • Fermanis, Porschia. John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2009.
  • Finney, Claude Lee. Evolution of Keats’s Poetry. 2 vols. Harvard UP, 1936.
  • Ford, Newell F. The Prefigurative Imagination of John Keats, Stanford Studies in Language and Literature. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1951.
  • Fraser, G. S., ed. John Keats: Odes: A Casebook. London, Macmillan, 1971.
  • Friedman, Geraldine. The Erotics of Interpretation in Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’: Pursuing the Feminine. Studies in Romanticism 32 (1993): 225-43.
  • Fry, Paul. History, Existence and ‘To Autumn.’ Studies in Romanticism 25 (1986): 211-19.
  • Gallant, Christine. Keats and Romantic Celticism. Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005.
  • Gigante, Denise. Keats’s Nausea. Studies in Romanticism 40.4 (2001): 481-510.
  • Gittings, Robert. Keats and Medicine. Contemporary Review 219 (1971): 138-42.
  • Gittings, Robert. John Keats: The Living Year. London: Heinemann, 1954. (One of key biographies.)
  • Goellnicht, Donald C. The Poet-Physician: Keats and Medical Science. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh UP, 1984.
  • Hartman, Geoffrey. Poem and Ideology: A Study of Keats’s ‘To Autumn’. In The Fate of Reading. Chicago: U. of Chicago P., 1975: 57–73.
  • Hartman, Geoffrey. Spectral Symbolism and Authorial Self in Keats’s Hyperion. In The Fate of Reading. Chicago: U. of Chicago P., 1975: 124–46.
  • Hayden, John O., ed. Romantic Bards and British Reviewers. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971.
  • Heffernan, James A. Shelley’s Consumption of Keats. Studies in Romanticism 23:3 (1984): 295-315.
  • Hill, Rosemary. Keats, Antiquarianism, and the Picturesque. EIC 64:2 (2014): 119-37.
  • Homans, Margaret. Keats Reading Women, Women Reading Keats. Studies in Romanticism 29 (1990): 341–70.
  • Jack, Ian. Keats and the Mirror of Art. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1967.
  • Jackson, Noel. Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. (Chapter 5 is on Keats.)
  • Jones, John. John Keats’s Dream of Truth. London: Chatto and Windus, 1969.
  • Jones, Leonidas M. Reynolds and Keats. Keats-Shelley Journal 7 (Winter 1958): 47-59.
  • Jones, Mark. Reading Keats to the Letter: e. Studies in Romanticism 51.3 (2012): 343-73.
  • Keach, William. Cockney Couplets: Keats and the Politics of Style. 2.25 Studies in Romanticism (1986): 182-96.
  • Kelley, Theresa M. Poetics and the Politics of Reception: Keats’s ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci.’ English Literary History 54:2 (1987): 333–62.
  • Kucich, Greg. Keats and English Poetry. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Edited by Susan J. Wolfson, 186-202. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Kucich, Greg. Keats, Shelley, and Romantic Spenserianism. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 1991.
  • Kucich, Greg. The Poetry of Mind in Keats’s Letters. Style 21 (1987): 76-94. (A terrific way to get into the letters.)
  • Lau, Beth, Keats’s Paradise Lost. Florida: U. of Florida P., 1998.
  • Lau, Beth. Keats. In Great Shakespeareans, Vol. IV: Lamb, Hazlitt, Keats. Ed. Adrian Poole, 109-159. London: Continuum, 2010.
  • Lau, Beth. Keats’s Reading of the Romantic Poets. Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1991.
  • Lau, Beth. Protest, ’Nativism,’ and Impersonation in the Works of Chatterton and Keats. Studies in Romanticism 42.4 (2003): 519-39.
  • Levinson, Marjorie. Keats’s Life of Allegory: The Origins of a Style. New York: Basil Blackwell, 1988. (A game-changing book.)
  • Lockridge, Laurence S. Keats: the Ethics of Imagination. In Coleridge, Keats and the Imagination: Romanticism and Adam’s Dream. Ed. J. Robert Barth and John L. Mahoney, 143-73. Columbia: U. of Missouri P., 1990.
  • Luke, David. Keats’s Letters: Fragments of an Aesthetic of Fragments. Genre 11 (1978): 209-226.
  • Marggraf-Turley, Richard. Keats’s Boyish Imagination: The Politics of Immaturity. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Marsh, George L. and Newman I. White. Keats and the Periodicals of his Time. Modern Philology 30:1 (1934): 37-53.
  • Matthews, G. M., ed. Keats: The Critical Heritage. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1971.
  • McFarland, Thomas. The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet. New York: Oxford UP, 2000.
  • McGann, Jerome J. Keats and the Historical Method in Literary Criticism. Modern Language Notes 94 (1979): 988-1032. (A key essay.)
  • McGrath, Brian. Keats for Beginners. Studies in Romanticism 50.2 (2011): 351-372.
  • McKusick, James. Green Writing: Romanticism and Ecology. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.
  • Mellor, Anne K. Keats and the Complexities of Gender. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 214-229. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Minahan, John A. Word Like a Bell: John Keats, Music and the Romantic Poet. Kent, Ohio: Kent State UP, 1992.
  • Mizukoshi, Ayumi. Keats, Hunt and The Aesthetic of Pleasure. Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Mulrooney, Jonathan. How Keats Falls. Studies in Romanticism 50.2 (2011): 251-73.
  • Newey, Vincent. Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, and Keats’s Epic Ambitions. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 69-85. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Newey, Vincent. Keats, History, and the Poets. In Keats and History. Ed. Nicholas Roe, 165–93. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995.
  • Newey, Vincent. Keats, Politics, and the Idea of Revolution. In Centring the Self: Subjectivity, Society and Reading from Thomas Gray to Thomas Hardy. 97-121. Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995.
  • O’Rourke, James. Keats’s Odes and Contemporary Criticism. Gainesville: U. P. of Florida, 1998.
  • Perkins, David. The Quest for Permanence: The Symbolism of Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats. Chapters 7–9, 190–301. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1959.
  • Phinney. A. W. Keats in the Museum: Between Aesthetics and History. Journal of English and German Philology. 90 (1991): 208-22.
  • Rancière, Jacques. The Politics of the Spider. Studies in Romanticism 50.2 (2011): 239-250.
  • Redpath, Theodore. The Young Romantics and Critical Opinion, 1807- 1824. London: Harrap, 1973.
  • Reiman, Donald, ed. The Romantics Reviewed: Contemporary Reviews of British Romantic Writers, Part C, v. 1-2: Shelley, Keats, and London Radical Writers. New York and London: Garland Press, 1972.
  • Richardson, Alan. Keats and Romantic Science: Writing the body. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 230-245. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Ricks, Christopher. Keats’s Sources, Keats’s Allusions. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 152-169. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Ricks, Christopher. Keats and Embarrassment. London: Oxford UP, 1974.
  • Robinson, Jeffrey C. Reception and Poetics in Keats: My Ended Poet. New York: St Martin’s Press, 1998.
  • Roe, Nicholas, ed. Keats and History. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995.
  • Roe, Nicholas. John Keats’s ‘Green World’: Politics, Nature and the Poems. In The Challenges of Keats: Bicentenary Essays 1795–1995. Ed. Allan Christensen et al., 61-77. Amsterdam, GA: Rodopi, 2000.
  • Roe, Nicholas. John Keats and the Culture of Dissent. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997. (Importantly situates Keats in a republican, radical context.)
  • Roe, Nicholas. John Keats and George Felton Mathew: Poetics, Politics, and the European Magazine. Keats-Shelley Journal 49 (2000): 31-36.
  • Roe, Nicholas, ed. John Keats and the Medical Imagination. London: Palgrave, 2017.
  • Rohrbach, Emily and Emily Sun. Reading Keats, Thinking Politics. Studies in Romanticism (special issue) 50: 2 (Summer 2011).
  • Saly, John. Keats’s Answer to Dante: The Fall of Hyperion. Keats-Shelley Journal. 14 (1965): 65-78.
  • Schwartz, Lewis M. Keats’s Critical Reception in Newspapers of His Day. Keats-Shelley Journal. 21/22 (1972/1973): 170-87.
  • Scott, Grant F. The Sculpted Word: Keats, Ekphrasis, and the Visual Arts. UP of New England, 1994.
  • Scott, Grant F. Writing Keats’s Last Days: Severn, Sharp, and Romantic Biography. Studies in Romanticism 42.1 (2003): 3-26.
  • Sha, Richard C. John Keats and Some Versions of Materiality. Romanticism 20.3 (2014): 233-45.
  • Sheats, Paul D. Keats and the Ode. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 86-101. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Sheats, Paul D. Keats, the Greater Ode, and the Trial of Imagination. In Coleridge, Keats, and the Imagination: Romanticism and Adam’s Dream. Ed. J. Robert Barth, S. J. and John L. Mahoney, 174-200. Columbia: U. of Missouri P., 1990.
  • Sherwin, Paul. ‘Dying into life’: Keats’s Struggle with Milton in Hyperion. Publications of the Modern Language Association 93:3 (1978): 383-395.
  • Slote, Bernice. Keats and the Dramatic Principle. Lincoln, Nebraska: U. of Nebraska P, 1958.
  • Smith, Hillas. Keats and Medicine. Newport: Cross Publishing, 1995.
  • Sperry, Stuart M. Keats the Poet. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1973. (Remains a very strong series of readings.)
  • Stillinger, Jack. The Hoodwinking of Madeline and Other Essays on Keats’s Poems. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1971.
  • Stillinger, Jack. Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction. New York: Oxford UP, 1999.
  • Stillinger, Jack. Romantic Complexity: Keats, Coleridge and Wordsworth. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
  • Stillinger, Jack. The Story of Keats. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 246-60. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 246-60.
  • Studies in Romanticism, Keats and Politics: A Forum. v. 25, Summer 1986.
  • Sugan, Michio. Was ’Keats’s Last Sonnet’ Really Written on board the Maria Crowther? Studies in Romanticism 34:3 (1995): 413-440.
  • Swann, Karen. Endymion’s Beautiful Dreamers. In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 20-36. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.
  • Trilling, Lionel. ‘Introduction’ to The Selected Letters (1951); rpt. The Poet as Hero: Keats in His Letters. In The Opposing Self, 3-43. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Javanovic, 1955.
  • Turley, Richard Marggraf. Keats’ Boyish Imagination. London: Routledge, 2004.
  • Turley, Richard Marggraf, ed. Keats’s Places. London: Palgrave Macmillan 2018. (This wonderful collection, with chapters by some prominent Keats scholars, profitably complicates the idea of place in Keats’s life and poetry.)
  • Vendler, Helen. Coming of Age as a Poet: Milton, Keats, Eliot and Plath. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 2003.
  • Vendler, Helen. The Odes of John Keats. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1983. (A remarkable series of close yet expansive readings.)
  • Waldoff, Leon. Keats’s Identification with Wordsworth. Keats-Shelley Journal. 38 (1989): 47-65.
  • Wang, Orin. Coming Attractions: ’Lamia’ and Cinematic Sensation. Studies in Romanticism 42:4 (2003): 461-500.
  • Watkins, Daniel P. Keats’s Poetry and the Politics of the Imagination. Madison: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 1989.
  • Wasserman, Earl. The Finer Tone: Keats’s Major Poems. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1953.
  • White, R. S. Keats as a Reader of Shakespeare. London: Athlone Press, 1987.
  • White, R. S. Keats: A Literary Life. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Wolfson Susan, ed. Keats and Politics: A Forum. Studies in Romanticism 25:2 (Summer 1986).
  • Wolfson, Susan J. Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism. Chapter 6, Teasing Form: the Crisis of Keats’s Last Lyrics: 164-192. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1999.
  • Wolfson, Susan J. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Cambridge, 2001.
  • Wolfson, Susan J. The Questioning Presence: Wordsworth, Keats, and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1986.
  • Wolfson, Susan J. Keats the Letter-Writer: Epistolary Poetics. Romanticism Past and Present 6 (1982): 43-61.
  • Wolfson, Susan J. Yeats’s Latent Keats / Keats’s Latent Yeats. PMLA 131.3 (2016): 603-621.
  • Woof, Robert and Stephen Hebron. John Keats. Grasmere: The Wordsworth Trust, 1995.
  • Wu, Duncan. Keats and the ‘Cockney School.’ In The Cambridge Companion to Keats. Ed. Susan J. Wolfson, 37-52. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001.