Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor's Name

Dr. Maneck H. Daruwala

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dr. James M. Sutton

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Carmela Pinto-McIntire


English, Literature, English Literature, Poetry, Literary Analysis, Anti-Romance, Romance, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, John Keats, Keats, Keats's Letters, King Lear, Lamia, Sir Philip Sidney, Sidney, Aesthetic Development, Poetic Development, Renaissance, Romantic Era, Drama, Classic Literature, Intertextuality, Literary Influence, Literary Development, Genre, Literary Sources, Literary Origins, Tradition, Experiment, Pastoral, Anti-Pastoral

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis is to analyze John Keats’s “Lamia” and his style of Anti-Romance as informed by William Shakespeare’s own experimentation with Romance and Anti-Romance in “King Lear.”

In order to fulfill the purpose of my thesis, I explore both the Romance and the Anti-Romance genres and develop a definition of the latter that is more particular to “King Lear” and “Lamia.” I also look at the source material for both “King Lear” and “Lamia” to see how Shakespeare and Keats were handling the originally Romantic material. Both Shakespeare and Keats altered the original material by subverting the traditional elements of Romance.

In conclusion, the thesis suggests that Shakespeare’s Anti-Romance, “King Lear,” and his general reworking of the Romance genre within that play informed Keats’s own experimentation with and deviation from the traditional Romance genre, particularly in “Lamia.”





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