The Theme: Hopkins, Voice, and Echo.
When trying to define the terms “underthought” and “overthought,” Gerard Manley Hopkins observed, “Perhaps what I ought to say is that the underthought is commonly an echo or shadow of the overthought, something like canons and repetitions in music, treated in a different manner, but that sometimes it may be independent of it.” Hopkins’s poem “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo” demonstrates the most obvious thematic and structural ways in which echo, voice, and dialogue function in his writings. The conference will feature presentations that will discuss voice and echo broadly defined, as well as the textual networks, intersections, or recontextualizations that inform Hopkins’s poetry, and the intertextual practices and voices (allusion, citation, translation, pastiche, parody) shaping his prose and verse. Papers that examine his epistolary voices, the homiletic voice of Fr Hopkins, or Hopkins as echo in other poets’ works, would also be welcome.
We are pleased to announce that Martin Dubois has accepted our invitation to be the Keynote Speaker at this year’s conference. Martin Dubois is Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, UK. His first book, Gerard Manley Hopkins and the Poetry of Religious Experience, appeared in 2017. He is currently editing Gerard Manley Hopkins in Context, a collection of thirty-eight essays on Hopkins to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2023.
Paul Kelly (Chair), Lesley Higgins, Amanda Paxton, Stephen Tardif, Frank Fennell
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