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The BeatsA Teaching Companion$
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Nancy M. Grace

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781949979954

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781949979954.001.0001

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Spirituality and Religious Traditions in Beat Literature

Spirituality and Religious Traditions in Beat Literature

(p.61) Chapter Five Spirituality and Religious Traditions in Beat Literature
The Beats

David Stephen Calonne

Liverpool University Press

This essay explicates a Beat fascination with esoteric religious traditions, including astrology, alchemy, and Gnosticism, illuminating heterodoxies characterizing countercultural minorities from antiquity to the present and shaping the Beat imagination. Calonne presents detailed readings of the poetry of Gregory Corso, Diane di Prima, and Michael McClure

Keywords:   Gnosticism, Astrology, Alchemy, Buddhism, Corso, Di Prima, McClure

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