Joseph J. Feeney, S.J.
Professor of English at Saint. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., has been writing on Hopkins since 1977. He edited four unknown letters of Hopkins for TLS: The Times Literary Supplement (1995) and, with annotations and fuller introductions, for The Hopkins Quarterly (1996). He later discovered a poetic fragment and the 48-line comic poem "'Consule Jones,'" and edited the latter for TLS: The Times Literary Supplement (1999) and, with annotations and a fuller introduction, The Hopkins Quarterly (2002)
Other essays deal with Hopkins' poetry and biography, with parallels
between Hopkins, Bruckner, and Mahler, and with the centennial celebrations
of 1989. His most groundbreaking essays - on Hopkins' examinations,
on his frequent reassignments, and on his relationships with Jesuits
- situate the poet in the context of nineteenth-century Jesuit life
in England, Wales, and Ireland. Fr. Feeney's essays on Hopkins have
appeared in England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Japan, and the United
States and are translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, and
Japanese. More recently he published his groundbreaking study The
Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (2008).
With Joaquin Khun, he co-edited Hopkins Variations: Standing round
a Waterfall (2002), a collection of 55 reader-response essays
on Hopkins from thirteen countries on four continents.
Joaquin Kuhn has been co-editor of The Hopkins Quarterly since
1994. He is Jesuit-trained, B.A. in English and M.A. in philosophy
from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama. His introduction to Hopkins
began early with his best-ever poetry professor declaiming "The Wreck
of the Deutschland" aloud to the class.
Those who were still vertical afterwards wanted more. He still wants
more. His Yale Ph.D. was an edition of Sir Fulke Greville's Life
of Sir Philip Sidney with Richard Sylvester. Hopkins ultimately
proved a stronger attraction. At the University of Toronto (St. Michael's
College) since 1969 and now retired, Kuhn has published a playful,
decidedly unacademic, book of palindromes, Rats Live on No Evil
and articles, conference papers and reviews on Hopkins.