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Hopkins' Achieved Self

Hopkins' Achieved Self

by David Anthony Downes
     
 
A central subject in the writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins is his understanding of the self, what he called "selving." While Hopkins scholars have studied the phenomenology of Hopkins' notions of selfness, few scholars have studied in depth the hermeneutics of what Hopkins called "selving." This book is the first to explore, in depth, the hermeneutics of Hopkins'

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A central subject in the writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins is his understanding of the self, what he called "selving." While Hopkins scholars have studied the phenomenology of Hopkins' notions of selfness, few scholars have studied in depth the hermeneutics of what Hopkins called "selving." This book is the first to explore, in depth, the hermeneutics of Hopkins' notions of the self and to apply his ideas of "selving" to his poetry. The author applies Paul Ricoeur's notions of the human self to the major English poet. He then surveys Hopkins' religious poetry to exhibit the creative dynamic of "selving." In a postscript, Downes contrasts the "passion for the possible" of Ricoeur and "the great sacrifice" of Christian hope in Hopkins with the agonies of "the disappearing self" rooted in Modernist culture. This unique and thoughtful book will appeal to Victorian scholars and Hopkins scholars worldwide. Contents: Preface; Prologue: Hopkins' Hermeneutical Stages of Consciousness; Hopkins' Selving Hermeneutics; The Poetics of Volition in Hopkins; The Poetics of the Sacramental Word: Hope and Freedom; Poems of Existence; Postscript: The Poetics of Redemption; Bibliography; Index.

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"The value...is in the book's implication of an intellectual life-cycle. The phenomenological hermeneutics of Ricoeur ...is split open to expose the seeds of its own origin in the faithfulness of word and world to the divine Word."
Frank Fenwell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761801900
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Pages:
205
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

Joseph J. Feeney
"How is Hopkins to be encountered? In a deeply original book, David Anthony Downes studies Hopkins' concepts of self and "selving", using the hermeneutics of Paul Ricoeur, to reestablish Hopkins as a modern, even modernist, poet."
Joseph J. Feeney
Michael E. Allsopp
"This book brings together the thought of Victorian Hopkins and the reflections of contemporary French philosopher Paul Ricoeur to examine "selving." A lasting and original contribution to Hopkins scholarship."
Michael E. Allsopp
Frank Fenwell
"An excellent book. Downes offers a provocative analysis of the relationships evident between Ricoeur's phenomenology and Hopkin's evolving ideas about creating his "self" in and through his poetry. Chapters 4 and 5 will be particularly rich for Hopkins' scholars."
Frank Fenwell

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