The Philosophical Mysticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Abstract

Through the lens of Hopkins's 'masterwork', The Philosophical Mysticism of Gerard Manley Hopkins readdresses Hopkins's frequently overlooked mysticism as an interior narrative within his corpus. Drawing on a range of religious, literary and visual traditions from Augustine's Confessions to the seventeenth-century spiritual emblem, this book demonstrates the ways in which the Wreck deliberately constructs and conceals a mystical and contemplative narrative. Hopkins's poetry and prose is related to the Old Testament Song of Songs, the philosophical theology of the Greek Fathers, and, perhaps most intriguingly, the meditative and visual tradition of the baroque heart-emblem. On the centenary of the publication of Hopkins’s poems, this book places the writer firmly within a mystical tradition, necessitating a fundamental reconsideration of the legacy of this major Victorian poet.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages190
ISBN (Electronic)9780429506277
ISBN (Print)9780367666804, 9781138093904
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameThe Nineteenth Century Series
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • Hopkins
  • Victorian studies
  • Song of Songs
  • Augustine
  • emblems
  • mysticism

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