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Touching God: Hopkins and Love

Duc Dau

Published December 1st 2013
ISBN : 9781783080489
Paperback
148 pages
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Love 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 GodMoreLove 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 poets 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 - notably touching - played a vital role in the poets 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.