Keats Hermeticism and the Secret Societies

Jennifer Wunder makes a strong case for the importance of hermeticism and the secret societies to an understanding of John Keats's poetry and his speculations about religious and philosophical questions.

Keats  Hermeticism  and the Secret Societies

Jennifer Wunder makes a strong case for the importance of hermeticism and the secret societies to an understanding of John Keats's poetry and his speculations about religious and philosophical questions. Although secret societies exercised enormous cultural influence during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they have received little attention from Romantic scholars. And yet, information about the societies permeated all aspects of Romantic culture. Groups such as the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons fascinated the reading public, and the market was flooded with articles, pamphlets, and books that discussed the societies's goals and hermetic philosophies, debated their influence, and drew on their mythologies for literary inspiration. Wunder recovers the common knowledge about the societies and offers readers a first look at the role they played in the writings of Romantic authors in general and Keats in particular. She argues that Keats was aware of the information available about the secret societies and employed hermetic terminology and imagery associated with these groups throughout his career. As she traces the influence of these secret societies on Keats's poetry and letters, she offers readers a new perspective not only on Keats's writings but also on scholarship treating his religious and philosophical beliefs. While scholars have tended either to consider Keats's aesthetic and religious speculations on their own terms or to adopt a more historical approach that rejects an emphasis on the spiritual for a materialist interpretation, Wunder offers us a middle way. Restoring Keats to a milieu characterized by simultaneously worldly and mythological propensities, she helps to explain if not fully reconcile the insights of both camps.

More Books:

Keats, Hermeticism, and the Secret Societies
Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Jennifer N. Wunder
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-22 - Publisher: Routledge

Jennifer Wunder makes a strong case for the importance of hermeticism and the secret societies to an understanding of John Keats's poetry and his speculations about religious and philosophical questions. Although secret societies exercised enormous cultural influence during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they have received little attention
Keats, Hermeticism, and the Secret Societies
Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Jennifer N. Wunder
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-22 - Publisher: Routledge

Jennifer Wunder makes a strong case for the importance of hermeticism and the secret societies to an understanding of John Keats's poetry and his speculations about religious and philosophical questions. Although secret societies exercised enormous cultural influence during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, they have received little attention
Keats, Hermeticism, and the Secret Societies of the Romantic Period
Language: en
Pages: 662
Authors: Jennifer N. Wunder
Categories: English poetry
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004 - Publisher:

Books about Keats, Hermeticism, and the Secret Societies of the Romantic Period
Islam and the English Enlightenment, 1670–1840
Language: en
Pages: 346
Authors: Humberto Garcia
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-01-30 - Publisher: JHU Press

A corrective addendum to Edward Said’s Orientalism, this book examines how sympathetic representations of Islam contributed significantly to Protestant Britain’s national and imperial identity in the eighteenth century. Taking a historical view, Humberto Garcia combines a rereading of eighteenth-century and Romantic-era British literature with original research on Anglo-Islamic relations. He
The Routledge Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science
Language: en
Pages: 466
Authors: John Holmes, Sharon Ruston
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-05-18 - Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Tracing the continuities and trends in the complex relationship between literature and science in the long nineteenth century, this companion provides scholars with a comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date foundation for research in this field. In intellectual, material and social terms, the transformation undergone by Western culture over the period was