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Emergence of Buddhist American Literature
By: John Whalen-Bridge

Emergence of Buddhist American Literature

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Author: John Whalen-Bridge
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781438426549
Publication Date: 2010

Product Code: 15933

Looks at Buddhist influences in American literature and how it has shaped the reception of Buddhism in North America.

The encounter between Buddhism and American literature has been a powerful one for both parties. While Buddhism fueled the Beat movement's resounding critique of the United States as a spiritually dead society, Beat writers and others have shaped how Buddhism has been presented to and perceived by a North American audience. Contributors to this volume explore how Asian influences have been adapted to American desires in literary works and at Buddhist poetics, or how Buddhist practices emerge in literary works. Starting with early aesthetic theories of Ernest Fenollosa, made famous but also distorted by Ezra Pound, the book moves on to the countercultural voices associated with the Beat movement and its friends and heirs such as Ginsberg, Kerouac, Snyder, Giorno, Waldman, and Whalen. The volume also considers the work of contemporary American writers of color influenced by Buddhism, such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Charles Johnson, and Lan Cao. An interview with Kingston is included.

,Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, John Whalen-Bridge SUNY Press, Paperback, 2010, 255 pp., $24.95

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