Walt Whitman: Shamanism, Spiritual Democracy, and the World Soul

by Steven B Herrmann 

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 demonstrations 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, and Whitman’s religious vision.

Based on extensive research into the roots of the American mythos, this book will be essential reading for literary, political, psychological, and religious studies.