A Spiritual Bloomsbury: Hinduism and Homosexuality in the Lives and Writings of Edward Carpenter, E.M. Forster, and Christopher Isherwood

A Spiritual Bloomsbury: Hinduism and Homosexuality in the Lives and Writings of Edward Carpenter, E.M. Forster, and Christopher Isherwood

By: Antony R. H. Copley (author)Hardback

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A Spiritual Bloomsbury is an exploration of how three English writers-Edward Carpenter, E.M. Forster, and Christopher Isherwood-sought to come to terms with their homosexuality by engagement with Hinduism. Copley reveals how these writers came to terms with their inner conflicts and were led in the direction of Hinduism by friendship or the influence of gurus. Tackling the themes of the guru-disciple relationship, their quarrel with Christianity, relationships with their mothers and the problematic feminine, the tensions between sexuality and society, and the attraction of Hindu mysticism; this fascinating work seeks to reveal whether Hinduism offered the answers and fulfillment these writers ultimately sought. Also included is a diary narrating Copley's quest to track down Carpenter's and Isherwood's Vendantism and Forster's Krishna cult on a journey to India.

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About Author

Antony Copley is Honorary Reader at the University of Kent.

Contents

Chapter 1 Prologue Part 2 Managing the Transgressive Chapter 3 Between Two Gurus: Edward Carpenter and Walt Whitman Chapter 4 Between Two Gurus: Edward Carpenter and Illakanam the Grammarian Chapter 5 The Disciple Turned Guru: Edward Carpenter, Sexologist and Mystic Part 6 Love in Absentia Chapter 7 Forster, Religion and Sexuality Chapter 8 Forster and the Krishna Cult Part 9 The Atman Denied Chapter 10 Isherwood and Swami Prabhavananda: The Guru-Disciple Relationship Chapter 11 Isherwood's Vedantist Quest: Transcending the Ego Chapter 12 Epilogue Chapter 13 Appendix: Indian Diary 1999

Product Details

  • publication date: 04/08/2006
  • ISBN13: 9780739114643
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 410
  • ID: 9780739114643
  • weight: 730
  • ISBN10: 0739114646

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