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    • Online ISBN: 9781316877067
    • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316877067
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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.

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Jennie Skerl , “Introduction,” Reconstructing the Beats, ed. Skerl (New York: Palgrave, 2004)

Ronna C. Johnson , “Lenore Kandel’s The Love Book: Psychedelic Poetics, Cosmic Erotica, and Sexual Politics in the Mid-sixties Counterculture,” Reconstructing the Beats, ed. Jennie Skerl (New York: Palgrave, 2004)

Joanna Pawlik , “Surrealism, Beat Literature and the San Francisco Renaissance,” Literature Compass 10.2 (2013), 97110

Tim Hunt , The Textuality of Soulwork: Jack Kerouac’s Quest for Spontaneous Prose (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014)

Robert Holton , “Kerouac Among the Fellahin: On the Road to the Postmodern,” Modern Fiction Studies 41.2 (1995)

Marianne DeKoven , Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004)

Frederick M. Dolan , “The Poetics of Postmodern Subversion: The Politics of Writing in William S. Burroughs’s The Western Lands,” Contemporary Literature 32.4 (1991), 535

David Banash , “From Advertising to the Avant-Garde: Re-thinking the Invention of Collage,” Postmodern Culture 14.2 (2004)

Andreas Huyssen , After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986)

Alan Nadel , Containment Culture: American Narratives, Postmodernism, and the Atomic Age (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995)

Ronna C. Johnson , “Beat Transnationalism Under Gender: Brenda Frazer’s Troia: Mexican Memoirs,” The Transnational Beat Generation, ed. Nancy M. Grace and Jennie Skerl (New York: Palgrave, 2012), 51

Oliver Harris , “Can You See a Virus? The Queer Cold War of William Burroughs,” Journal of American Studies 33.2 (1999), 258264

Allen Hibbard , “William Burroughs and US Empire,” The Transnational Beat Generation, ed. Nancy M. Grace and Jennie Skerl (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 15

Daniel Belgrad , “The Transnational Counterculture: Beat–Mexican Intersections,” Reconstructing the Beats, ed. Jennie Skerl (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Jennie Skerl mentions in her introduction to Reconstructing the Beats (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004)

Deborah Baker , A Blue Hand: The Tragicomic, Mind-Altering Odyssey of Allen Ginsberg, a Holy Fool, a Rebel Muse, a Dharma Bum, and His Prickly Bride in India (New York: Penguin, 2008)

Brian T. Edwards , Morocco Bound: Disorienting America’s Maghreb, From Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005)

Deborah Baker . A Blue Hand: The Tragicomic, Mind-Altering Odyssey of Allen Ginsberg, a Holy Fool, a Rebel Muse, a Dharma Bum, and His Prickly Bride in India. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Ann Charters and Samuel Charters . Brother Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.

Tim Dean . Gary Snyder and the American Unconscious: Inhabiting the Ground. New York: Palgrave, 1991.

Nancy M. Grace Jack Kerouac and the Literary Imagination. New York: Palgrave, 2007.

Nancy M. Grace and Jennie Skerl , eds. The Transnational Beat Generation. New York: Palgrave, 2012.

Tim Hunt . The Textuality of Soulwork: Jack Kerouac’s Quest for Spontaneous Prose. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014.

Jamie Russell . Queer Burroughs. New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Jennie Skerl . ed. Reconstructing the Beats. New York: Palgrave, 2004.

David Sterritt . The Beats: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Todd F. Tietchen The Cubalogues: Beat Writers in Revolutionary Havana. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2010.

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