The Hippie Narrative: A Literary Perspective on the Counterculture

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The Hippie movement of the 1960s helped change modern societal attitudes toward ethnic and cultural diversity, environmental accountability, spiritual expressiveness, and the justification of war. With roots in the Beat literary movement of the late 1950s, the hippie perspective also advocated a bohemian lifestyle which expressed distaste for hypocrisy and materialism yet did so without the dark, somewhat forced undertones of their predecessors. This cultural revaluation which developed as a direct response to ...
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Overview

The Hippie movement of the 1960s helped change modern societal attitudes toward ethnic and cultural diversity, environmental accountability, spiritual expressiveness, and the justification of war. With roots in the Beat literary movement of the late 1950s, the hippie perspective also advocated a bohemian lifestyle which expressed distaste for hypocrisy and materialism yet did so without the dark, somewhat forced undertones of their predecessors. This cultural revaluation which developed as a direct response to the dark days of World War II created a counterculture which came to be at the epicenter of an American societal debate and, ultimately, saw the beginnings of postmodernism.
Focusing on 1962 through 1976, this book takes a constructivist look at the hippie era's key works of prose, which in turn may be viewed as the literary canon of the counterculture. It examines the ways in which these works, with their tendency toward whimsy and spontaneity, are genuinely reflective of the period. Arranged chronologically, the discussed works function as a lens for viewing the period as a whole, providing a more rounded sense of the hippie Zeitgeist that shaped and inspired the period. Among the 15 works represented are One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Crying of Lot 49, Trout Fishing in America, Siddhartha, Stranger in a Strange Land, Slaughterhouse Five and The Fan Man.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786429158
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott MacFarlane lives in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Narrative Foreplay
Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs: "The Vectoring Legacy of the Beats     9
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962): Shock Therapy, Surreally     22
Sometimes a Great Notion (1964): A Frontier Duality     37
Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me and The Crying of Lot 49 (1966): A Chic Cabal     54
Trout Fishing in America (1967): It's All in the Presentation     65
Narrative Interplay
Siddhartha (1922): The Spiritual Quest     85
Stranger in a Strang Land (1961): The Ecstasy of Grokking     92
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968): Intersubjectivity     104
The Armies of the Night (1968): Meta-Journalism, Insta-History     129
Slaughterhouse-Five (1969): So It Goes     143
Narrative Afterplay
Divine Right's Trip (1971): The Last Whole Earth     161
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971): Going "Gonzo"     176
The Fan Man (1974): Missed Bliss of the Love Chorus     193
Another Roadside Attraction (1971) and Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976): A Shifting Zeitgeist     202
An Essay on Slouching, Hippies, and Hitchhiking     217
Denouement
Postmodernism Reconstructed     231
Bibliography     241
Index     247
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