Sad Paradise: Jack Kerouac’s Nostalgic Buddhism
AbstractJack Kerouac’s study of Buddhism started in earnest in 1953 and is traditionally believed to have ended in 1958. This paper considers the relationship between Kerouac’s Buddhist practice and his multi-layered nostalgia. Based on a close reading of his unpublished diaries from the mid-1950s through mid-1960s, I argue that Buddhism was a means of coping with his suffering and spiritual uncertainty. Kerouac’s nostalgic Buddhism was a product of orientalist interpretations of the religion that allowed him to replace his idealized version of his past with an idealized form of Buddhism. View Full-Text
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Haynes, S.F. Sad Paradise: Jack Kerouac’s Nostalgic Buddhism. Religions 2019, 10, 266.
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Haynes, Sarah F. 2019. "Sad Paradise: Jack Kerouac’s Nostalgic Buddhism." Religions 10, no. 4: 266.
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