Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., Ph.D., is a leading expert on Gerard Manley Hopkins and Professor of English at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where has taught for over 40 years. After receiving an M.A. from Fordham University and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Woodstock College, he earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held Chairs at Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, and Seattle University.
Fr. Feeney wrote the book The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins (Ashgate, 2008), coedited Hopkins Variations: Standing round a Waterfall (Saint Joseph’s and Fordham University Presses, 2002), and has served since 1994 as coeditor of The Hopkins Quarterly. He has published over 100 articles and given over 75 lectures on Hopkins throughout the world. In 1998, he discovered in London an unknown poem by Hopkins, “Consule Jones” (1875). Fr. Feeney has also written articles on literature in such journals as The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, American Studies, Thought, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Canada, and many more.
Fr. Feeney has received numerous awards, including two grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1983. In 2006 he was named a Fellow of the English Association (FEA) in England, and in 2009 was a Visiting Scholar lecturing at a Hopkins performance of Hopkins’ poetry by Theaterwork, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ordained a Jesuit priest in 1965, he completed his Jesuit studies at St. Bueno’s College, where Gerard Manley Hopkins studied theology.
Praise for Joseph Feeney
“Fr. Joe Feeney is a pre-eminent scholar of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins… But perhaps more importantly he’s a vocal interpreter/teacher of Hopkins, someone who feels and then transmits — and thus teaches — the poems: no one does better at making the poems come alive.”– Frank Fennell, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago
“Father Joseph Feeney combines the skills of Hopkins scholar, literary critic, poetry interpreter and humanist, with those of raconteur, performer, wit, and playful brother Jesuit of Hopkins himself. Both hearty and sensitive, Feeney could make Hopkins laugh at himself at the same time that Gerard could feel fraternal sympathy and understanding.” – Dr. Joaquin Kuhn, University of Toronto
“As perhaps the leading global scholar of Hopkins, Fr. Feeney takes the complex and knotted works of the Victorian poet and brings them to urgent, electric life. He’s a masterful guide, and never tires of finding new richness in this great body of work.”– Steven Elwell, Saint Joseph’s University, ‘06
An award-winning teacher, Fr. Gregory Carlson, S.J., D.Phil., is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Deglman Center for Spirituality at Creighton University. A priest of the Society of Jesus, he has taught classics at the College of the Holy Cross, Creighton, and Marquette University. He has also been an invited chairholder at Georgetown University and John Carroll University. Fr. Carlson received his master’s degree in Classics from St. Louis University, his Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and his doctorate summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg.
In 1979, Jesuit superiors asked him to leave his tenured position at Holy Cross to help create a seminary for the humanities education of younger Jesuits at Creighton University. At Creighton, he has won the coveted Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. His courses in Greek literature, world literature, and the humanities have regularly included the reading of Homer’s Odyssey. He also served as President of the Vergilian Society from 1999 to 2001.
Praise for Fr. Gregory Carlson
“Years ago Fr. Greg Carlson was one of my most influential teachers at Holy Cross. His teaching was a model of both clarity and inspiration, and in my thirty years of teaching Classics I have tried to model my teaching on his. When he left Holy Cross, he was so well loved that students dedicated the yearbook to him.” – Jim O’Hara, George L. Paddison Professor of Latin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill