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The Cambridge Companion to the Beats

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Steven Belletto, William Lawlor, Jonah Raskin, Regina Weinreich, Nancy M. Grace, Erik Mortenson, Kurt Hemmer, Oliver Harris, Brenda Knight, Hilary Holladay, Ronna C. Johnson, Polina Mackay, A. Robert Lee, Todd. F. Tietchen, John Whalen-Bridge, Kirby Olson, Michael Hrebeniak, David Sterritt
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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316635711

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  • 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.

    • Challenges the idea that the Beats were merely a small group of friends, drawing attention to a wide range of figures and texts associated with the Beat movement, including women, writers of color, and non-US writers
    • Presents well-known Beat writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs in new contexts, re-evaluating the place of Beat writers in twentieth-century literature and culture by moving readers away from understanding these writers solely through their biographies
    • The Companion format helps students and other readers understand the importance of the Beat writers by giving a much broader sense of the Beat Generation, reflecting their complex relationship to US literature and culture
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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316635711
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    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
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  • Editor

    Steven Belletto, Lafayette College, Pennsylvania
    Steven Belletto is Associate Professor of English at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. He is author of No Accident, Comrade: Chance and Design in Cold War American Narratives (2012), co-editor of American Literature and Culture in an Age of Cold War: A Critical Reassessment (2012) and editor of the volume American Literature in Transition, 1950–1960 (Cambridge, forthcoming). He is also the author of numerous articles on post-1945 American literature and culture that have appeared in journals such as American Literature, American Quarterly, ELH, and Twentieth-Century Literature. From 2011 to 2016 he was Associate Editor for the journal Contemporary Literature, for which he is currently co-editor.

    Contributors

    Steven Belletto, William Lawlor, Jonah Raskin, Regina Weinreich, Nancy M. Grace, Erik Mortenson, Kurt Hemmer, Oliver Harris, Brenda Knight, Hilary Holladay, Ronna C. Johnson, Polina Mackay, A. Robert Lee, Todd. F. Tietchen, John Whalen-Bridge, Kirby Olson, Michael Hrebeniak, David Sterritt

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