The Transnational Beat Generation

Paperback | January 15, 2012

EditorNancy M. Grace, Jennie Skerl

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The Beat Generation writers and artists are typically identified as an American movement. Yet travel, Buddhism, drug experimentation, and European surrealism and romanticism were an integral part of the ethos behind the movement. This collection of essays will map writers such as Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti globally and explore parallel movements and writers in other countries. Incorporating contemporary theories of globalization and transnationalism, this insightful book provides a more nuanced understanding of both the Beats and America.

This volume will look at:

• Beat critiques of postwar capitalism
• Beat resistance to oppressive political regimes
• Beat reaction to sweeping cultural changes

The essays are written in a lively and accessible manner and the collection will serve as an introduction to Beat Studies because of its comprehensive nature. It will be a natural adoption for courses on the beats - a substantial subset of 20th-century literature courses - and will fit into 20th-century literature surveys, and courses on transnational literature, as well.

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The Beat Generation writers and artists are typically identified as an American movement. Yet travel, Buddhism, drug experimentation, and European surrealism and romanticism were an integral part of the ethos behind the movement. This collection of essays will map writers such as Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and ...

Nancy M. Grace is the Virginia Myers Professor of English and chair of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at The College of Wooster. She is the author of The Feminized Male Character in Twentieth-Century Literature, co-editor of Girls Who Wore Black: Women Writing the Beat Generation (with Ronna C. Johnson), co-author ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:294 pages, 9.68 × 5.99 × 0.62 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230108415

ISBN - 13:9780230108417

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Introduction:Transnational Beat - Nancy M. Grace and Jennie Skerl * PART I: Transnational Flows * William S. Burroughs and U.S. Empire - Allen Hibbard * Jack Kerouac and the Nomadic Cartographies of Exile - Hassan Melehy * Beat Transnationalism Under Gender: Bonnie Bremser's Troia - Ronna Johnson * The Beat Manifesto: Avant-Garde Poetics and the Worlded Circuits of African-American Beat Surrealism - Jimmy Fazzino * The Beat Fairy Tale and Transnational Spectacle Culture: Diane di Prima and William S. Burroughs - Nancy M. Grace * Two Takes on Japan: Joanne Kyger's Japan and India Journals and Philip Whalen's Scenes of Life at the Capital - Jane Falk * "If All the Writers of the World Get Together": Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Literary Solidarity in Sandinista Nicaragua - Michele Hardesty * PART II: Interview with Anne Waldman * PART III: Global Circulation * "they . . . took their time over the coming": The British/Beat 1955-65 - R. J. Ellis * Beating them to it? The Vienna Group and the Beat Generation - Jaap van der Bent, Radboud University Nijmegen * Prague Connection - Josef Rauvolf, Prague * Cain's Book and the Mark of Exile: Alexander Trocchi as Transnational Beat - Fiona Paton * Greece and the Beat Generation: the Case of Lefteris Poulios - Christopher Gair and Konstantina Georganta * Japan Beat: Nanao Sakaki - A. Robert Lee

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'In essays that range around the world and across cultures, The Transnational Beat Generation has marked out a rich field that makes a natural fit for artists who above all else lived and wrote beyond borders; this book will open up Beat Studies and point it in new, uncharted directions.' - Oliver Harris, president of the European Beat Studies Network "This outstanding collection . . . provides detailed, sometimes astonishing insights into the international reach of the Beat writers . . . . indispensable for the study of modern American literature. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—CHOICE