The Resource Virtual Orientalism : Asian religions and American popular culture, by Jane Iwamura, (electronic resource)

Virtual Orientalism : Asian religions and American popular culture, by Jane Iwamura, (electronic resource)

Label
Virtual Orientalism : Asian religions and American popular culture
Title
Virtual Orientalism
Title remainder
Asian religions and American popular culture
Statement of responsibility
by Jane Iwamura
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Jane Iwamura examines contemporary fascination with Eastern spirituality and provides a cultural history of the representation of Asian religions in American mass media. At the heart of her study is the Oriental Monk, a non-sexual, solitary, conventionalized icon who generously and purposefully shares his wisdom with the West
Cataloging source
StDuBDS
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Iwamura, Jane Naomi
Dewey number
200.950973
Index
no index present
LC call number
BL2525
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orientalism
  • Popular culture
  • Popular culture
  • Religion
  • United States
Summary expansion
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
Target audience
specialized
Label
Virtual Orientalism : Asian religions and American popular culture, by Jane Iwamura, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
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
Extent
1 online resource (240 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9786612941665
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000060842
  • (StDuBDS)AH24088141
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000060842
Label
Virtual Orientalism : Asian religions and American popular culture, by Jane Iwamura, (electronic resource)
Publication
Contents
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
Extent
1 online resource (240 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9786612941665
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000060842
  • (StDuBDS)AH24088141
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000060842

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