Writing as Enlightenment : Buddhist American Literature into the Twenty-first Century

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This timely book explores how Buddhist-inflected thought has enriched contemporary American literature. Continuing the work begun in The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature, editors John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff and the volume's contributors turn to the most recent developments, revealing how mid-1970s through early twenty-first-century literature has employed Buddhist texts, principles, and genres. Just as Buddhism underwent indigenization when it moved from India to Tibet, to China, and to Japan, it is now undergoing that process in the United States. While some will find literary creativity in this process, others lament a loss of authenticity. The book begins with a look at the American reception of Zen and at the approaches to Dharma developed by African Americans. The work of consciously Buddhist and Buddhist-influenced writers such as Don DeLillo, Gary Snyder, and Jackson Mac Low is analyzed, and a final section of the volume contains interviews and discussions with contemporary Buddhist writers. These include an interview with Gary Snyder; a discussion with Maxine Hong Kingston and Charles Johnson; and discussions of competing American and Asian values at the Beat- and Buddhist-inspired writing program at Naropa University with poets Joanne Kyger, Reed Bye, Keith Abbott, Andrew Schelling, and Elizabeth Robinson.


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Author(s)
Jan Willis, John Whalen-Bridge, Gary Storhoff
Format
Hardback | 207 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 19.05mm | 417g
Publication date
01 Aug 2011
Publisher
State University of New York Press
Publication City/Country
Albany, NY, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
Illustrations note
Total Illustrations: 0
ISBN10
1438439199
ISBN13
9781438439198
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