Keats’ Chameleon, Cortázar’s Axolotl

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 3 PM

Tickets: Free: limited availability, advance registration is required.

Vida y Cartas de John Keats  / Life and Letters of John Keats 

The famed Argentinian author Julio Cortázar was a perspicacious reader and avid lover of all things Keats—so much so that he communed with the poet by writing a six hundred-page biography-autobiography, a hybrid memoir intertwining both their lives. Throughout the 1950s, Cortázar also translated many Keats poems and letters, introducing Lord Houghton’s seminal Life and Letters of John Keats to a Latin American audience for the first time. Join English professor Olivia Loksing Moy, of the City University of New York, Lehman College, for a virtual discussion on Julio Cortázar’s translations, the Hispanophone reception of John Keats, and a consideration of Keats’ surprising afterlife preceding the Latin American Boom.

Please note that the program will take place online. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom. We ask that you download the app in advance for the best user experience.

John Keats, “On Looking into Chapman’s Homer,” autograph manuscript, 1816. MA 214.3. Purchased by Belle da Costa Greene on behalf of J. P. Morgan, Jr., 1915.

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