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Joseph J. Feeney, S.J.

Office: Merion Hall 121
Phone: (610)-660-1886

General Fields of Professional Interest
The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Modernism and Postmodernism
The Catholic Imagination in American Literature Today
The 20th/21st-Century Novel in Britain and Ireland

Pedagogical Style
Honors Courses: seminar-style-presentations by students  and professor, discussion, creative papers

Upper-Division Courses: (1) seminar-style—presentations  by students and professor, discussion, creative  papers;  (2) lecture courses: lecture by professor,  then much analytic discussion

Freshman Courses: lecture by professor, some discussion

Alpha Sigma Nu
American Association of University Professors
Conference on Christianity and Literature



The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
The Contemporary Catholic Imagination in America
Modernism and Postmodernism in Art, Music, Literature


  • B.A., M.A., Fordham University, 1958, 1960
  • S.T.B., S.T.L., Woodstock College, 1965, 1966
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1971

Professional Experience

Co-Editor, The Hopkins Quarterly, 1994-present

Jesuit Chair Visiting Professor, Georgetown University,  1986-87

Bannan Fellow Visiting Professor, Santa Clara University, 1998

LeRoux Chair Visiting Professor, Seattle University,  2003

Outreach Lecturer, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1990-96

Teacher in the Honors Program, Saint Joseph’s University, 1974-present


Selected Publications

The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Aldershot, Hampshire:  Ashgate, 2008)
Hopkins Variations: Standing round a Waterfall, ed. with Joaquin  Kuhn (New York: Fordham UP and Philadelphia: Saint Joseph’s UP, 2002)
"Modernized by l800: The Portrait of Urban America, Especially  Philadelphia, in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown,"  American Studies, 23 (l982), 2538.
"The Gerard Manley Hopkins Archive of the Harry Ransom  Humanities Research Center," in Hopkins Lives: An Exhbition and Catalogue, ed. Dave Oliphant (Austin: Harry Ransom  Humanities Research Center-The University of Texas, 1989), pp. 11-39. 
  Also published in The Library Chronicle of the University of  Texas at Austin, new series no. 46/47 (1989), 11-39.
"My dearest Father: Some unpublished letters of Gerard Manley  Hopkins," TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, No. 4838  (December 22, 1995), 13-14.
“At St Beuno's: Newly discovered work by Gerard Manley Hopkins,"  TLS: The Times Literary Supplement, No. 5000 (January 29, 1999), pp. 13-14.
“Hopkins: A Religious and a Secular Poet," Studies, (Dublin), 84  (1995), 120-29.
  Reprinted in French translation, "Hopkins: poète du monde  Sacré et du monde profane," tr. Christine Pagnoulle, Sources: Revue de la Maison de la Poésie Namur (Namur, Belgium), No. 19  (1997), 59-71.
“The Provincial and the Poet: Retreat Notes from Two Victorian  Jesuits,” in Ite Inflammate Omnia: Selected Historical Papers from Conferences Held at Loyola and Rome in 2006, ed. Thomas  M. McCoog, S.J., Bibliotheca Instituti Historici S.J., Volume 72 (Rome: Institutum Historicum Societatis Iesu, 2010), pp.  17-26.

Grants and Awards

Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished  Teaching, Saint Joseph's University, 1983 The Tengelmann Distinguished Teaching and Research Award, Saint   Joseph’s University, 1999 Fellow of the English Association (FEA) (England), 2006 Visiting Scholar, Theaterwork, Santa Fe, NM, December, 2009

Major Grants National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar,  University of Kansas, 1978 The English-Speaking Union of Philadelphia, Travel Grant, 1982  (London) National Endowment for the Humanities, Travel to Collections Grant, University of Texas, 1988  


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