Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dinah Roe invited to give lecture at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Dr Dinah Roe was invited by the Keats Shelley Memorial Association to give a lecture at the Keats-Shelley House in Rome on 6 December 2013. Situated at the right foot of the Spanish Steps, the Keats-Shelley House is a museum dedicated to the English Romantic poets who came to Rome for inspiration. The building is most famous for being the final dwelling place of John Keats, who died there in 1821. Entitled Keats vs. Shelley: The Romantics, The Rossettis and Sibling Rivalry, Dinah’s lecture examined the ways in which the artistic and personal conflicts between the Rossetti brothers were expressed in their creative and critical work on Keats and Shelley. Beginning with a history of the Rossetti family’s relationship with Romantic poetry and poets, she went on to explore the recovery of Keats’s poetry by the Pre-Raphaelites in general and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in particular. She also suggested that William Michael Rossetti’s  interest in Shelley was motivated by his own radical political stance, and that his lack of sympathy for Keats was informed by his brother’s over-identification with the tragic Romantic poet. The lecture was well-received and stimulated many questions from the English and Italian members of the audience. Dinah is very grateful for the support of the EML Impact Activities Fund, and hopes that further collaborations between Oxford Brookes University and the Keats Shelley House will spring from this international exchange.