Date of Submission
Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Alexander J. Lombardo
This study examines the influence of various Western mystical traditions on Leonard Cohen’s second novel, Beautiful Losers. It begins with a discussion of Cohen’s public remarks concerning religion and mysticism followed by an assessment of twentieth century Canadian criticism on Beautiful Losers. Three thematic chapters comprise the majority of the study, each concerning a different mystical tradition—Kabbalism, Gnosticism, and Christian mysticism, respectively. The author considers Beautiful Losers in relation to these systems, concluding that the novel effectively depicts the pursuit of God, or knowledge, through mystic practice and doctrine. This study will interest scholars seeking a careful exploration of Cohen’s use of religious themes in his work.
Lombardo, Alexander, "Leonard Cohen's New Jews: a Consideration of Western Mysticisms in Beautiful Losers" (2017). CMC Senior Theses. 1539.