Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul begins with a dream that sent the author, Steven B. Herrmann, on a journey to analyze the "shamanic structures" of the collective unconscious that are present in the poetry and prose of America's greatest bard, Walt Whitman.
From a contemporary, analytical psychological point of view, Herrmann demonstrates how Whitman speaks to age-old sociopolitical and religious questions that are highly relevant to our world today. The book discusses topics including:
. Whitman's Emergence as a World-Liberating Figure
. The Three Stages of American Democracy
. Bi-Erotic Marriage
. Whitman's Religious Vision
Based on extensive research into the roots of the American mythos, this book will be essential reading for literary, political, religious, and psychological studies.
Steven B. Herrmann is a Jungian writer and psychotherapist and lives with his wife in the hills of Oakland, California.
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