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Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tractarian Poetry

1st Edition

By Margaret Johnson


320 pages

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Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tractarian Poetry for the first time locates Hopkins and his work within the vital aesthetic and religious cultures of his youth. It introduces some of the most powerful cultural influences on his poetry as well as some of the most influential poets, from the well-known fellow convert John Henry Newman to the almost forgotten historian and poet Richard Dixon. From within the context of Hopkins' developing catholic sensibilities it assesses the impact of and his responses to issues of the time which related to his own religious and aesthetic perceptions, and provides a rich and intricate background against which to view both his early, often neglected poetry and the justly famous, idiosyncratic and deeply moving verse of his mature years. By detailing the influences Tractarian poetry had upon Hopkins' early work, and applying these to the productions of his later years, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tractarian Poetry demonstrates how Hopkins' best known, mature works evolved from his upbringing in the Church of England and remained always indebted to this early culture. It offers readings of his works in light of a new appraisal of the contexts from which Hopkins himself grew, providing a fresh approach to this most challenging and rewarding of poets.


’Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tractarian Poetry is a significant addition to Hopkins criticism and an enjoyable read.’ Australasian Victorian Studies ’Johnson’s intelligent close-reading, unfussy control of secondary materials and reassuring command of the Victorian intellectual and theological milieu make for a readable and authorative study…she succeeds in showing how rich, various and strongly personalised was the poetic legacy of the Oxford Movement.’ Regent’s Reviews ’this book is among several recent inquiries that have given us a richer and fuller picture of Hopkin’s intellectually demanding work.’ Nineteenth-Century Literature ’Along the way, Johnson also demonstrates her vast theological knowledge and gives subtle explanations of shades of meaning, making the reader wish for more publications by her….’ Religion and the Arts

Table of Contents

Contents: Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Early Tractarian Poetry; Richard Watson Dixon; Christina Rossetti; Digby Mackworth Dolben; John Henry Newman; Hopkins' Tractarian Poetics; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature