«A carefully crafted, thoroughly researched study offering new insights into the complexities of reading and understanding the works of Hopkins, Thompson, Johnson, and Thomas. This book is well worth reading.» (Rebecca W. Crump, Professor of English, LSU) «By placing the aestheticist project in the context of historical, biographical, feminist and reader-oriented criticism, Professor Parekh uncovers the politics of the ostensibly apolitical poets of the fin de siècle and Modernist periods. As a means to this end, she focuses on how each poet responded to failure - personal as well as cultural - and how failure, by being accepted and embodied poetically, can become a form of success. On the other hand, her own success evolves from her very even-handedness, seeking, in view ofher own allegiances, to appreciate and understand rather than criticize and condemn. I highly recommend this book as a model of the uses of a multi-layeredapproach.» (Norman Friedman, Emeritus Professor of English, Queens College CUNY, Flushing, New York, and Editor of 'Spring: The Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society')
«In Response to Failure: Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Francis Thompson, Lionel Johnson, and Dylan Thomas, Pushpa Parekh has, by making use of recent theories of reader-writer relationships, provided a refreshingly new look at these poets. It should be read by both specialist and general readers.» (Donald E. Stanford, Professor Emeritus, LSU, Editor Emeritus, The Southern Review)
«This thesis of Dr. Parekh's pioneering study is a fascinating one and argued with an unusual breadth of scholarship. Students of Hopkins, Francis Thompson, Lionel Johnson and Dylan Thomas gain new insights here - but this book is valuable also for its sensitive understanding of the relationship between writer's own life and the way in which it both contributes - to and is simultaneously distanced - from his/her art. In exploring this, Dr. Parekh never loses sight of the distinction between the human writer and the always-different protagonist of the writing. A real contribution in an important but neglected area - and a most stimulating read.» (Desmond Egan, Poet/Artistic Director, The G. M. Hopkins International Summer School, Monasterevin, Ireland)
A US citizen born in India, Parekh demonstrates how authors traditionally studied as part of the Eurocentric literary canon, and therefore shunned by multiculturalists, can be interpreted from such perspectives as third-world feminism and post-colonial criticism. One of her major interests is developing a methodology that allows exchange and interchange between cultural regions often considered The Center and The Margin. Substantially revised and updated from a doctoral dissertation for Louisiana State University; no date noted. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.