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Apparitions of AsiaModernist Form and Asian American Politics$
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Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332735.001.0001

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Beatific Orientalism

Beatific Orientalism

Gary Snyder and Zen

(p.57) 2 Beatific Orientalism
Apparitions of Asia

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Gary Snyder's interest in the Far East as a mode of reclaiming a native sense of America. The fifties counterculture turned to the Orient in search of a subterranean America, and Snyder's advocacy of Zen presented a vision of the nation as a sacred environment. Snyder combined religious and environmental aims in a unified attempt to become an American bard, and this chapter considers the structure and durability of his cultural creation.

Keywords:   Gary Snyder, Zen, Beat movement, Ecopoetry, postwar literature

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