Abstract

Ian Cooper’s The Near and Distant God: Poetry, Idealism and Religious Thought from Hölderlin to Eliot traces a genealogy of the poetic response to philosophy, beginning with Hölderlin’s navigation of Kant’s aftermath, culminating with the post-Nietzschean modernisms of Rilke and T.S. Eliot. Cooper begins with a thorough analysis of Hölderlin’s work, reinstating the often-overlooked theological element of his poetry. Expanding on a similar project originally undertaken by Erich Heller, Cooper includes the philosophy of the British idealists and the work of Eduard Mörike and Gerard Manley Hopkins in his literary lineage, attempting to establish their importance as links in the theological pre-history of high modernism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1464
Print ISSN
0022-281X
Pages
pp. 196-200
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Open Access
No
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