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The spiritual imagination of the Beats

David Stephen Calonne (Author)
"The Spiritual Imagination of the Beats is the first comprehensive study to explore the role of esoteric, occult, alchemical, shamanistic, mystical and magical traditions in the work of eleven major Beat authors. The opening chapter discusses Kenneth Rexroth and Robert Duncan as predecessors and important influences on the spiritual orientation of the Beats. David Stephen Calonne draws comparisons throughout the book between various approaches individual Beat writers took regarding sacred experience--for example, William S. Burroughs registered significant objections to Buddhism, while Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac both devoted considerable time to studying Buddhist history and texts. This book also focuses on authors who have traditionally been neglected in Beat studies--Diane di Prima, Bob Kaufman, Philip Lamantia, and Philip Whalen. In addition, several understudied works such as Gregory Corso's "The Geometric Poem"--Inspired by Corso's deep engagement with ancient Egyptian thought--are given close attention. Calonne introduces important themes from the history of heterodoxy--from Gnosticism, Manicheanism and Ismailism to Theosophy--and demonstrates how inextricably these ideas shaped the Beat literary imagination."--Page i
Print Book, English, 2017
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2017
viii, 236 pages ; 24 cm
9781108416450, 1108416454
Ebook version :
San Francisco renaissance : Kenneth Rexroth and Robert Duncan
Visionary poiesis, hidden religions : Diane di Prima
In the search for meaning, in reaching for the pure relation : Bob Kaufman
American road, Buddha path : Jack Kerouac
Cosmic vibration breakthrough : Allen Ginsberg
Nothing is true, everything is permitted : William S. Burroughs
An astrologer dabbling in dragon prose : Gregory Corso
Nothing but the marvelous : Philip Lamantia
Exaltations, highs, and strange knowledges : Philip Whalen
Mountains and rivers without end : Gary Snyder