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Hopkins Variations - Standing Round a Waterfall

Kuhn, Joaquin Kuhn & Joseph J. Feeney

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2002
Binding: Cloth with Dust Jacket
ISBN: 9780916101398
Book Id: 20


315 pages + preface and introduction | 8.75 x 5.75 inches


Warm, personal, original, Hopkins Variations offers fifty-five perspectives on the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. Opening with an essay by Seamus Heaney, it offers the views of poets, actors, translators, scholars, theologians, an artist, a composer, a novelist, and a philosopher from thirteen countries. The essays present Hopkins as healer, wordlover, birdlover, musician, truthteller, poetic influence, creative theologian, naturalist, travel writer, dream-figure, Jesuit, friend, religious teacher, dialoguist with the Jewish midrash Ś even a swimmer, a carousel-rider, a teacher of feminism, and a hopegiver for Communism-weary Poles.


Editors Joaquin Kuhn (St. Michael's College, University of Toronto) and Joseph J. Feeney, S.J. (Saint Joseph's University) are co-editors of The Hopkins Quarterly.



Lionel Adey, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Michael E. Allsop, Presentation College, South Dakota, USA

Brian Arkins, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Richard Austin, Actor, Saffron Walden, Essex, England

Uwe B§ker, Technische Universitńt Dresden, Germany

Ewa Borkowska, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland

Jerome Bump, University of Texas?ustin, USA

Mariaconcetta Costantini, UniversitÓ "G. d'Annunzio," Pescara, Italy

James Finn Cotter, Mount Saint Mary College, New York, USA

Renzo D'Agnillo, UniversitÓ "G. d'Annunzio," Pescara, Italy

Andrew Sean Davidson, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

David A. Downes, California State University, Chico, USA

Desmond Egan, Poet, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Kazuyoshi Enozawa, Honan College, Nagano, Japan

Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., Saint Joseph's University, Pennsylvania, USA

Francis L. Fennell, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois, USA

Ernest Ferlita, S.J., Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

John Ferns, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Howard W. Fulweiler, University of Missouri?olumbia, USA

Peter Gale, Actor, London, England

Bruno Gaurier, Administrator and Translator, Paris, France

Ron Hansen, Novelist, Santa Clara University, California, USA

Seamus Heaney, Poet, Dublin, Ireland

Alan Heuser, McGill University, Quebec, Canada

Lesley J. Higgins, York University, Ontario, Canada

Tomiko Hirata, S.P.C., Shirayuri College, Tokyo, Japan

Margaret Johnson, Scholar, Willetton, Western Australia, Australia

Joaquin Kuhn, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maria Lichtmann, Scholar, Boone, North Carolina, USA

Jeffrey Loomis, Northwest Missouri State University, USA

Norman H. MacKenzie, Queen's University, Ontario, Canada

Paul Mariani, Boston College, Massachusetts, USA

Franco Marucci, UniversitÓ di Venezia Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy

Francis X. McAloon, S.J., Santa Clara University, California, USA

John McDade, S.J., Heythrop College, University of London, England

Robert McGovern, Artist, Narberth, Pennsylvania, USA

Peter Milward, S.J., Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Michael Moore, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada

Jude V. Nixon, Oakland University, Michigan, USA

Leonora Rita V. Obed, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Walter J. Ong, S.J., Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA

Catherine Phillips, Downing College, Cambridge University, England

Cary Plotkin, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, USA

Gerald Roberts, Scholar, Crowborough, Sussex, England

Ned Rorem, Composer, New York, New York, USA

Rachel Salmon, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel

Kunio Shimane, Nagoya City University, Japan

Alison G. Sulloway, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., USA

R.K.R. Thornton, University of Birmingham, England

Donald Walhout, Rockford College, Illinois, USA

Eynel Wardi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Nick Weber, Actor, Nyack, New York, USA

Norman White, University College Dublin, Ireland

Thomas A. Zaniello, Northern Kentucky University, USA

Sjaak Zonneveld, Institute of Higher European Studies, The Hague, Holland



"Each and every one of the variations [essays] contains jewels making this book a rare pleasure."

Studies 92/366 (Dublin, Ireland)


"Hopkins Variations: Standing Round a Waterfall is a scholarly celebration of the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a poet who languished unknown until his death in 1889, and yet who today is considered one of Victorian England's finest crafters of verse. Brief yet insightful essays are contributed by an impressive collection of authors and concerns diverse physical, intellectual, personal, and Godly responses to Hopkins' work. Hopkins Variations is a work of impeccable collective scholarship and is highly recommended for academic library collections."

Library Bookwatch


"Assembled by Hopkins Quarterly editors, Joaquin Kuhn and Joseph Feeney, S.J., the attractive new book Hopkins Variations: Standing Round a Waterfall [...] collects reader responses to Hopkins' writings and to his documented life, from many noted Hopkins scholars. The volume also includes perspectives on Hopkins from an artist who sketched him in woodcuts (Robert McGovern); from three other poets whom he influenced (Seamus Haney, Desmond Egan, and Bruno Gaurier); from a composer who set his words to music (Ned Rorem); from actors who have performed his life-events and or his creative texts (Richard Austin, Peter Gale, Nick Weber); and from two professional theologians (Francis McAloon, S.J., and John McDade, S.J.)."

Jeffrey B. Loomis, Guide to the Year's Work


"Hopkins Variations is a collection of fifty-five essays by Hopkins devotees from thirteen countries and four continents. [...] Whatever tack the writers took, they give the reader a glorious opportunity to travel with people as they describe their own journey into the world of Hopkins, entranced by the power and beauty of his poetry. [...] Each and every one of the variations contains jewels making this book a rare pleasure."

Noel Barber, S.J., Studies


"This volume should be on every poetry-lover's shelf, not just every Hopkinsian's, for it tells us that good poetry sets off sparks that draw flames in human hearts."

Samira B. McCarthy, Hopkins Quarterly


"Hopkins died with his work almost completely unknown. He once explained his refusal to urge his superiors on the point by claiming that if the Lord 'chooses to avail himself of what I leave at his disposal, he can do so with a felicity and a success which I could never command.' This volume surely bears out the truth of that conviction. No other Jesuit has touched such a wide variety of people with a message of 'the dearest freshness deep down things.'"

Philip Endean, S.J., The Way


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