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World Beats: Beat Generation Writing and the Worlding of U.S. Literature

Jimmy Fazzino
Format
Book; Computer Resource; Manuscript/Archive; Online; EBook
Published
London : Knowledge Unlatched, c2016.
Hanover, N.H., : Printed at the Dartmouth press, c2016.
Language
English
Variant Title
World Beats, Beat Generation Writing and the Worlding of U.S. Literature
Series
Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies
ISBN
9781611689297 (e-ISBN), 9781611688986 (pbk-ISBN), 9781611688979 (print-ISBN)
Abstract
This fascinating book explores Beat Generation writing from a transnational perspective, using the concept of worlding to place Beat literature in conversation with a far-reaching network of cultural and political formations. Countering the charge that the Beats abroad were at best naïve tourists seeking exoticism for exoticism's sake, World Beats finds that these writers propelled a highly politicized agenda that sought to use the tools of the earlier avant-garde to undermine Cold War and postcolonial ideologies and offer a new vision of engaged literature. With fresh interpretations of central Beat authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs - as well as usually marginalized writers like Philip Lamantia, Ted Joans, and Brion Gysin - World Beats moves beyond national, continental, or hemispheric frames to show that embedded within Beat writing is an essential universality that brought America to the world and the world to American literature. This book presents an original treatment that will attract a broad spectrum of scholars.
A study of the Beat-era writers in a global context. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.
Contents
  • A world, a sweet attention: Jack Kerouac's subterranean itineraries
  • The Beat manifesto: avant-garde poetics, Black Power, and the worlded circuits of African American Beat writing
  • A multilayered inspiration: Philip Lamantia, Beat poet
  • Cut-ups and composite cities: the Latin American origins of Naked Lunch
  • For Africa . . . for the world: Brion Gysin and the postcolonial Beat novel
  • Columbus Avenue revisited: Maxine Hong Kingston and the post-Beat canon.
Description
1 online resource (280 pages) : illustrations, figures, tables.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Forms
Also issued in print and PDF version.
Terms of Use
CC BY-NC.
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