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- DescriptionLove is often called a leap of faith. But can faith be described as a leap of love? In 'Touching God: Hopkins and Love', Duc Dau argues that the conversion of Gerard Manley Hopkins to Roman Catholicism was one of his most romantic acts. 'Touching God' is the first book devoted to love in the writings of Hopkins, illuminating our understanding of him as a romantic poet. Discussions of desire in Hopkins' poetry have focused on his tortured and unrequited attraction to men. In contrast, Dau builds on existing queer and conventional readings of the poet's work by turning to theories of mutual touch propounded by Luce Irigaray and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. In the process, she uncovers the desire Hopkins actively cultivated and celebrated: his love for Christ. By analysing Hopkins' writings alongside his literary, philosophical and theological influences, she demonstrates that this love is what he called 'eros' or 'amor'. Dau argues that descriptions of the body and its acts of tenderness - tably touching - played a vital role in the poet's depictions of spiritual eroticism. By forging a new way of reading desire and the body in Hopkins' writings, this work offers fresh interpretations of his poetry, and contributes to contemporary interest surrounding the relationship between love, sexuality and spirituality. Readership: This volume will be of interest to students and scholars of Victorian poetry and the relationship between literature and religion, as well as to those interested in Hopkins, the body, sexuality, concepts of the other and the emotions.
- Author BiographyDuc Dau is an honorary research fellow in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia.
- Author(s)Duc Dau
- PublisherAnthem Press
- Date of Publication01/05/2012
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleAnthem Nineteenth-Century Series
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAnthem Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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