Joseph J. Feeney, S.J.
Professor Emeritus 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, France, 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 Star, and articles, conference papers and reviews on Hopkins.