xi, 214 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Zen's Personality - D.T. Suzuki -- Hyperreal Samadhi - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- The Monk Goes Hollywood - Kung Fu -- Conclusion - Spiritual Romance Today -- Bibliography -- Index.
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Saffron-robed monks and long-haired gurus have become familiar characters on the American pop culture scene. Jane Iwamura examines the contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. Initial engagements with Asian spiritual heritages were mediated by monks, gurus, bhikkhus, sages, sifus, healers, and masters from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds and religious traditions. Virtual Orientalism shows the evolution of these interactions, from direct engagements with specific individuals, to mediated relations with a conventionalized icon. Visually and psychically compelling, the Oriental Monk becomes for Americans a "figure of translation" - a convenient symbol for alternative spiritualities and modes of being. Through the figure of the non-sexual, solitary Monk, who generously and purposefully shares his wisdom with the West, Asian religiosity is made manageable - psychologically, socially, and politically - for American popular culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199738618 20160605
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CSRE-246-01, HISTORY-256G-01, HISTORY-356G-01, RELIGST-246-01, RELIGST-346-01