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344. Religion and Spirituality in the Long Poems of Kenneth Rexroth

Friday, 6 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 604, WSCC

A special session

Presiding: Brent Newsom, Texas Tech Univ.

1. "'Salvation Equals Autonomy': Rexroth's Religious Dialectic in The Phoenix and the Tortoise," Brent Newsom

2. "The 'Gnostic Erotic' and 'Communities of Love': Rexroth and Gnosticism," Joshua Pederson, Boston Univ.

3. "The 'Holy . . . Heap of Dust': Contemplative Activism in The Heart's Garden, the Garden's Heart," Rachelle Katz Lerner, Toronto, ON

Responding: Linda Hamalian, William Paterson Univ.

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  • Genre, Theory, Method – Poetry

  • American Literature – Twentieth and Twenty-First Century

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