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HONR 4936 Kerouac's Desolation Dharma (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Seminar investigates Buddhist and Catholic dimensions of Kerouac's works including Visions of Gerard, On the Road, Dharma Bums, Subterraneans, Big Sur, Desolation Angels, Some of the Dharma, and Mexico City Blues. Kerouac claimed both Catholicism and Buddhism in his writings as answers to his experience of "desolation" before the "void." Class meets once per week to discuss the religious sources — e.g. Pascal or "The Diamond Sutra" — and writers Kerouac reacted to or influenced — e.g. Gary Snyder, Thomas Merton, or Henri de Lubac.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Michael Martin

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17