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Kerouac S Crooked Road

Author : Tim Hunt
ISBN : 9780809385690
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Now a classic, Kerouac’s Crooked Road was one of the first critical works on the legendary Beat writer to analyze his work as serious literary art, placing it in the broader American literary tradition with canonical writers like Herman Melville and Mark Twain. Author Tim Hunt explores Kerouac’s creative process and puts his work in conversation with classic American literature and with critical theory. This edition includes a new preface by the author, which takes a discerning look at the implications of the 2007 publication of the original typewriter scroll version of On the Road for the understanding of Kerouac and his novel. Although some critics see the scroll version of the novel as embodying Kerouac’s true artistic vision and the 1957 Viking edition as a commercialized compromise of that vision, Hunt argues that the two versions should not be viewed as antithetical but rather as discrete perspectives of a writer deeply immersed in writing as both performance and evolving process. Hunt moves beyond the mythos surrounding the “spontaneous creation” of On the Road, which upholds Kerouac’s reputation as a cultural icon, to look more closely at an innovative writer who wanted to bridge the gap between the luscious, talk-filled world of real life and the sterilized version of that world circumscribed by overly intellectualized, literary texts, through the use of written language driven by effusive passion rather than sober reflection. With close, erudite readings of Kerouac’s major and minor works, from On the Road to Visions of Cody,Hunt draws on Kerouac’s letters, novels, poetry, and experimental drafts to position Kerouac in both historical and literary contexts, emphasizing the influence of writers such as Emerson, Melville, Wolfe, and Hemingway on his provocative work.
Category: Literary Criticism

La Vie Est D Hommage

Author : Karin Köhne
ISBN : 3826020987
Genre : Authors, American
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Grenz Berschreitung Und Die Frontier In Jack Kerouacs On The Road

Author : Martin Monzel
ISBN : 9783959346481
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Basierend auf der amerikanischen Frontier – ein Gemisch aus Fakten, Mythen und der amerikanischen literarischen Tradition - kommt es auch in On the Road ständig zu physischen und imaginären Grenzerfahrungen. Die Protagonisten Sal Paradise und Dean Moriarty sehen im Westen den Ort, wo sie auf den Spuren der Pioniere zum ursprünglichen Amerika zurückkehren können. Sie machen sich gen Westen auf, transformieren die Werte allerdings ins Nachkriegsamerika. So ist es noch immer die Mobilität, erweitert durch das Automobil, die Straße und die damit einhergehende Geschwindigkeit, die essentiell für die Frontier-Erfahrung angesehen wird. Bezüglich des Raums orientieren sich die Figuren zumindest anfänglich am geografischen Westen. Doch Sal realisiert, dass die physische Frontier abgeschlossen ist und Authentizität und die amerikanischen Werte auf einer anderen Ebene, die als imaginär bezeichnet werden kann, gefunden werden müssen. Um zu dieser gewünschten Authentizität zu gelangen, muss Sal zuerst den starren, konformen Rahmen des Nachkriegsamerikas durchbrechen. Sal gelingt dies und er gesellt sich zu marginalisierten Gruppen anderer Ethnizitäten wie Afro- oder Hispanoamerikanern oder der indigenen Bevölkerung Mexikos.
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Jack Kerouac S On The Road

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9780791075814
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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- Presents the most important 20th century criticism on major works from The Odyssey through modern literature - The critical essays reflect a variety of schools of criticism - Contains critical biographies, notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - Introductory essay by Harold Bloom"
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Boys Don T Cry

Author : Milette Shamir
ISBN : 9780231506342
Genre : Social Science
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We take for granted the idea that white, middle-class, straight masculinity connotes total control of emotions, emotional inexpressivity, and emotional isolation. That men repress their feelings as they seek their fortunes in the competitive worlds of business and politics seems to be a given. This collection of essays by prominent literary and cultural critics rethinks such commonly held views by addressing the history and politics of emotion in prevailing narratives about masculinity. How did the story of the emotionally stifled U.S. male come into being? What are its political stakes? Will the "release" of straight, white, middle-class masculine emotion remake existing forms of power or reinforce them? This collection forcefully challenges our most entrenched ideas about male emotion. Through readings of works by Thoreau, Lowell, and W. E. B. Du Bois, and of twentieth century authors such as Hemingway and Kerouac, this book questions the persistence of the emotionally alienated male in narratives of white middle-class masculinity and addresses the political and social implications of male emotional release.
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Jack Kerouac S Duluoz Legend

Author : James T. Jones
ISBN : 0809322633
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In the only critical examination of all of Jack Kerouac's published prose, James T. Jones turns to Freud to show how the great Beat writer used the Oedipus myth to shape not only his individual works but also the entire body of his writing. Like Balzac, Jones explains, Kerouac conceived an overall plan for his total writing corpus, which he called the Duluoz Legend after Jack Duluoz, his fictional alter ego. While Kerouac's work attracts biographical treatment—the ninth full-length biography was published in 1998—Jones takes a Freudian approach to focus on the form of the work. Noting that even casual readers recognize family relationships as the basis for Kerouac's autobiographical prose, Jones discusses these relationships in terms of Freud's notion of the Oedipus complex. After establishing the basic biographical facts and explaining Freud's application of the Oedipus myth, Jones explicates Kerouac's novels of childhood and adolescence, focusing on sibling rivalry. Supporting his contention that the Beat writer worked according to a plan, Jones then shows how Kerouac revised The Town and the City (1950), his first published novel, in Vanity of Duluoz, the last novel published in his lifetime, to de-emphasize the death of the father. He treats three versions of Kerouac's road novel—including On the Road—as versions of Oedipus's fateful journey from Corinth to Thebes. And he argues that Pic, often considered peripheral to the Duluoz Legend, replicates the Oedipal themes. Jones demonstrates that Maggie Cassidy, The Subterraneans, and Tristessa share a form that results from Kerouac's unresolved rivalry with his father for the love of his mother. He discusses Kerouac's replacement of the destructive brother figures in On the Road and Visions of Cody with the constructive hero of The Dharma Bums. He also shows how the Oedipal structure of the Duluoz Legend applies to Kerouac's nonfiction. In the penultimate chapter, Jones explains how Big Sur, Kerouac's story of his alcohol-induced nervous breakdown, actually marks the climax of the Duluoz Legend. The alcoholism, Jones insists, is not the cause but a symptom of a breakdown brought on by his attachment to his mother. He shows how Kerouac's obsession with his family repeats Oedipal themes throughout the Duluoz Legend. Finally, he deals with Oedipal themes in Kerouac's nonnarrative work, including Old Angel Midnight, Some of the Dharma, The Scripture of the Golden Eternity, and several poems.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Role Of Jack Kerouac S Identity In The Development Of His Poetics

Author : Stefano Maffina
ISBN : 9781471706851
Genre : Fiction
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This work revolves round the analysis of Jack Kerouac's complex identity and his main artistic inspirations. Even though the writer was born in Lowell, MA, he was raised in a Franco-American family with strong bonds with the Quebec region. The resultant split identity led to deep existential doubts that Kerouac was never able to overcome. However, the awareness of his cultural dichotomy proved extremely important for his own work. Indeed, the Beat author was able to reach an original poetics which was inspired by both American and French writers. Despite Kerouac's innovative style and writing method, an analysis of the artists who influenced his work could help contextualize and better understand his literary and linguistic genius.
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The Requirements Of Our Life Is The Form Of Our Art

Author : Larissa Bendel
ISBN : UOM:39015063158110
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Diese Arbeit setzt sich erstmals umfassend mit dem autobiographischen Werk von Frauen der Beat Generation auseinander. Seit jeher als mannlich dominierte Bewegung verstanden, argumentiert die Autorin in einer eingehenden und kritischen Diskussion der autobiographischen Texte, da und inwiefern auch die Frauen als integrale Teilhabende der Beat Generation verstanden werden mussen. Dabei werden die Texte im Hinblick auf narrative, inhaltliche und generische Charakteristika untersucht. Ihre Analyse stutzt die Verfasserin auf die Erkenntnisse der Autobiographieforschung und der feministischen Literaturwissenschaft ebenso wie sie Studien zur Beat Generation und zur Nachkriegsara in ihre Untersuchung mit einbezieht.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Kerouac In Ecstasy

Author : Thomas R. Bierowski
ISBN : 9780786485529
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This critical text considers Jack Kerouac as writer-shaman, exploring the content and ecstatic technique of the novels and two experimental volumes that represent critical phases of his development. Thomas Bierowski also examines the reception of Kerouac’s work, arguing that his rise and fall reflect not only the usual changes in literary taste but the precarious position of the shamanic figure in modern America.
Category: Literary Criticism