In today’s episode we continue our discussion on the nature of gender and artistry within the worlds of Keats and Campion from the previous podcast. We consider the value and power of woman’s artistry as redefined by Campion in her film Bright Star as a consequence of reframing Keats’ poetry through the female gaze of Fanny. We consider Campion’s challenge of Keats’ representation of woman as muse, as silent objects of beauty, and as femme fatale across his poems La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale, and The Eve of St Agnes as Fanny in the film breaks boundaries placed upon her. For Ms. Glover and I (Ms. Simmonds) we found it impossible to view Keats’ poetry without the feminist lens (as presented by Campion) permeating our own readings.
I’ve been listening to these podcasts/lessons for a while and they have helped me quite a lot in my building of structure and info – but my favourite thing is the music at the start, end and during suggested breaks. At first I hated it, but it’s really grown on me and sometimes been stuck in my head for weeks. You all sound like absolutely magnificent teachers (I am very jealous of your students) and these podcasts are an absolute pleasure to listen to whilst studying for the HSC
Thank you for such a lovely comment (although I am very late in checking it). The music was actually written by one of my old students. Here’s a link to his sound cloud https://soundcloud.com/user-726786574/