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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Catharsis and Redemptive Identification in John Lennon's "Imagine"

This essay describes how John Lennon's song "Imagine" served as a vehicle for his redemption from the guilt he experienced as a result of his alienation from and rejection of the prevailing symbols of political and religious authority. "Imagine" functioned as "redemptive identification," leading to catharsis, a purging of Lennon's guilt and his redemption.

Presenter: David Richardson (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 106 Holmes
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)