Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Victorian Visual World

Hardcover | January 22, 2008

byCatherine Phillips

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Gerard Manley Hopkins initially planned to become a poet-artist. For five years he trained his eye, learned about contemporary art and architecture, and made friends in the Pre-Raphaelite circle. In her fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Catherine Phillips, whose knowledge ofHopkins's poems is second to none, uses letters, new archival material, and contemporary publications to reconstruct the visual world Hopkins knew between 1862 and 1889, and especially in the 1860s, with its illustrated journals, art exhibitions, Gothic architecture, photographic shows, and changingart criticism. Phillips identifies three artistic contexts for the Hopkins's life: his childhood circle of artistic relatives who were important in shaping his early vision; his friends at university and the criticism he absorbed while there that inflected his view as a young man; and the mature religious beliefswhich came to govern his understanding of a visual world interconnected with an eternal one. With chapters devoted to Hopkins own drawings, and to visual theories of the time, Phillips is able to suggests fresh links between this visual world and the startling originality of Hopkins's mature writing that will impact radically on our understanding of Hopkins's practice as a poet.

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Gerard Manley Hopkins initially planned to become a poet-artist. For five years he trained his eye, learned about contemporary art and architecture, and made friends in the Pre-Raphaelite circle. In her fascinating and beautifully illustrated book, Catherine Phillips, whose knowledge ofHopkins's poems is second to none, uses letters, n...

Catherine Phillips is a Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Downing College at the University of Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:January 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199230803

ISBN - 13:9780199230808

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Early Influences2. Hopkins's Drawings3. 'Dapple': Hopkins and Architecture4. Art Criticism5. Gerard, Arthur, and the Illustrated Press6. Hopkins, the Countryman and the New Sculpture7. Theories of Vision