EPISODE 3: Textual Conversations about gender and artistry across Keats and Campion (Part 2)

 

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.

Opening Sequence in Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Opening Sequence in Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Fanny Brawne Sewing in Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Fanny Brawne Sewing in Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Framing of Fanny within Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Framing of Fanny within Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Fanny as nature's muse in Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion
Fanny as nature’s muse in Bright Star (2009) by Jane Campion

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