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The Cambridge Companion to the Beats (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

The Cambridge Companion to the Beats (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

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Cambridge University Press, 2/16/2017
EAN 9781316635711, ISBN10: 1316635716

Paperback, 332 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

The Cambridge Companion to the Beats offers an in-depth overview of one of the most innovative and popular literary periods in America, the Beat era. The Beats were a literary and cultural phenomenon originating in New York City in the 1940s that reached worldwide significance. Although its most well-known figures are Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the Beat movement radiates out to encompass a rich diversity of figures and texts that merit further study. Consummate innovators, the Beats had a profound effect not only on the direction of American literature, but also on models of socio-political critique that would become more widespread in the 1960s and beyond. Bringing together the most influential Beat scholars writing today, this Companion provides a comprehensive exploration of the Beat movement, asking critical questions about its associated figures and arguing for their importance to postwar American letters.

Chronology
Introduction
the Beat half-century Steven Belletto
1. Were Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs a generation? William Lawlor
2. Beatniks, hippies, yippies, feminists, and the ongoing American counterculture Jonah Raskin
3. Locating a Beat aesthetic Regina Weinreich
4. The Beats and literary history
myths and realities Nancy M. Grace
5. Allen Ginsberg and Beat poetry Erik Mortenson
6. Five ways of being Beat, circa 1958–9 Steven Belletto
7. Jack Kerouac and the Beat novel Kurt Hemmer
8. William S. Burroughs
Beating postmodernism Oliver Harris
9. Memory babes
Joyce Johnson and Beat memoir Brenda Knight
10. Beat writers and criticism Hilary Holladay
11. Beats and gender Ronna C. Johnson
12. Beats and sexuality Polina Mackay
13. The Beats and race A. Robert Lee
14. Ethnographies and networks
on Beat transnationalism Todd. F. Tietchen
15. Buddhism and the Beats John Whalen-Bridge
16. Beat as beatific
Gregory Corso's Christian poetics Kirby Olson
17. Jazz and the Beat Generation Michael Hrebeniak
18. Beats and visual culture David Sterritt
Further reading.