Hopkins the Self and God

Author: Walter J. Ong
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442655992
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General Manley Hopkins was not alone among Victorians in his attention to the human self and to the particularities of things in the world around him, where he savoured the ‘selving or ‘inscape’ of each individual existent. But the intensity of his interest in the self, as a focus of exuberant joy as well as sometimes of anguish, both in his poetry and his prose, marks him out as unique even among his contemporaries. In these studies Professor Ong explores some previously unexamined reasons for Hopkins’ uniqueness, including unsuspected connections between nineteenth-century sensibility and certain substructures of Christian belief. Hopkins was less interested in self-discovery or self-concept than in what might be called the confrontational or obtrusive self – the ‘I,’ ultimately nameless, that each person wakes up to in the morning to find simply there, directly or indirectly present in every moment of consciousness. Hopkins’ concern with the self grew out of a nineteenth-century sensibility which was to give birth to modernity and postmodernity, and which in his case as a Jesuit was especially nourished by the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Loyola, concerned at root with the self, free choice, and free self-giving. It was also nourished by the Christian belief in the Three Persons in One God, central to Hopkins’ theology courses and personal speculation, and very notable in the Spiritual Exercises. Hopkins appropriated and intensified his Christian beliefs with new nineteenth-century awareness: he writes of the ‘selving’ in God of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Hopkins’ pastoral work, particularly in the confessional, dealing directly with other selves in terms of their free decisions, also gave further force to his preoccupation with the self and freedom. ‘What I do,’ he writes, ‘is me.’ Besides being concerned with the self, the most particular of particulars and the paradigm of all sense of ‘presence,’ the Spiritual Exercises in many ways attend to other particularities with an insistence that has drawn lengthy and rather impassioned commentary from the postmodern literary theorist Roland Barthes. Hopkins’ distinctive and often precocious attention to the self and freedom puts him theologically far ahead of many of his fellow Catholics and other fellow Victorians, and gives him his permanent relevance to the modern and postmodern world.

Interfaces of the Word

Author: Walter J. Ong
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 080146630X
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In Interfaces of the World, Walter J. Ong explores the effects on consciousness of the word as it moves through oral to written to print and electronic culture.


Author: John Christian Hopkins
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781492913658
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Every nation awaits the Mayan prediction for the world's end. Odd happenings are being reported from across the globe; with creatures of myth and ancient deities returning to life. Leading the destructive forces is Loki, the Norse god of mischief, who would rule the world, or see it destroyed. The gods of long-forgotten civilizations walk the earth once more; Morrigan, Guan Gong, Amon Re, Humbaba and Thor among them. Signs point to an unseen Heavenly War being fought in another dimension, about to spill over into our dimension. There was also the Mayan calendar which ended on December 21, 2012. Two forces have been battling for millennia with the entire cosmos as their playing field, and humans are the unfortunate pawns in their "cosmic chess match..." Some experts believe, "Prophecies are being fulfilled..." In this new thriller by John Christian Hopkins, the novel begins with a reporter investigating a macabre murder at a secretive company that supposedly was one of the world's foremost leaders in paranormal happenings; but what Napoleon Marquard thought might be murder and embezzlement becomes something that he had trouble believing: mythological gods, goddesses and magical creatures from storybooks were seemingly coming to life; and led by Loki, the Norse god of mischief, some of the superpowered beings were bent on conquering the world.... (Second edition, remastered Twilight of the Gods by same author)

Hopkins and Heidegger

Author: Brian Willems
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441151478
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Hopkins and Heidegger is a new exploration of Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetics through the work of Martin Heidegger. More radically, Brian Willems argues that the work of Hopkins does no less than propose solutions to a number of hitherto unresolved questions regarding Heidegger's later writings, vitalizing the concepts of both writers beyond their local contexts. Willems examines a number of cross-sections between the poetry and thought of Hopkins and the philosophy of Heidegger. While neither writer ever directly addressed the other's work - Hopkins died the year Heidegger was born, 1899, and Heidegger never turns his thoughts on poetry to the Victorians - a number of similarities between the two have been noted but never fleshed out. Willems' readings of these cross-sections are centred on Hopkins' concepts of 'inscape' and 'instress' and around Heidegger's reading of both appropriation (Ereignis) and the fourfold (das Geviert). This study will be of interest to scholars and postgraduates in both Victorian literature and Continental philosophy.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Author: Gerald Roberts
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136173323
Format: PDF
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First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Of One Blood

Author: Pauline Hopkins
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451604351
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Of One Blood is the last of four novels written by Pauline Hopkins. She is considered by some to be "the most prolific African-American woman writer and the most influential literary editor of the first decade of the twentieth century, though she is one of the lesser known literary figures of the much lauded Harlem Renaissance. Of One Blood first appeared in serial form in Colored American Magazine in the November and December 1902 and the January 1903 issues of the publication, during the four-year period that Hopkins served as its editor. Hopkins tells the story of Reuel Briggs, a medical student who couldn't care less about being black and appreciating African history, but finds himself in Ethiopia on an archeological trip. His motive is to raid the country of lost treasures -- which he does find in the ancient land. However, he discovers much more than he bargained for: the painful truth about blood, race, and the half of his history that was never told. Hopkins wrote the novel intending, in her own words, to "raise the stigma of degradation from [the Black] race." The title, Of One Blood, refers to the biological kinship of all human beings.

Hopkins Achieved Self

Author: David Anthony Downes
Publisher: University Press of Amer
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Professor David Anthony Downes reads Gerard Manley Hopkins through the literary prism of Paul Ricoeur's magisterial account of the human self. This is the first application of Ricoeur's writings to a major author.

Alabi s World

Author: Richard Price
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801839566
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Alabi's World relates the history of a nation founded by escaped slaves deep in the Latin American rain forest. It tells of the black men and women's bloody battles for independence, their uneasy truce with the colonial government, and the attempt of their great leader, Alabi, to reconcile his people with white law and a white God.