What's Your Road, Man?: Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac's On the Road

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The ten essays in this groundbreaking compilation cover a broad range of topics, employing a variety of approaches, including theoretical interpretations and textual and comparative analysis, to investigate such issues as race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as the novel's historical and literary contexts. What's Your Road, Man? Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" illustrates the richness of the critical work currently being undertaken on this vital American ...

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Overview

The ten essays in this groundbreaking compilation cover a broad range of topics, employing a variety of approaches, including theoretical interpretations and textual and comparative analysis, to investigate such issues as race, class, gender, and sexuality, as well as the novel's historical and literary contexts. What's Your Road, Man? Critical Essays on Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" illustrates the richness of the critical work currently being undertaken on this vital American narrative.

Combining essays from renowned Kerouac experts and emerging scholars, What's Your Road, Man? draws on an enormous amount of research into the literary, social, cultural, biographical, and historical contexts of Kerouac's canonical novel. Since its publication in 1957, On the Road has remained in print and has continued to be one of the most widely read twentieth-century American novels.

Several essays enhance understanding of the book by comparing it with alternative versions of the text, like the original 1951 scroll manuscript and some of Kerouac's other novels, and with works by Kerouac's contemporaries such as Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. Further studies explore ethnicity, identity, and the novel's place in American literature as well as its relevance to twenty-first century readers.

On the Road has inspired readers for more than fifty years, and the new research included in What's Your Road, Man? introduces fresh perspectives on this classic work of American literature. Editors Hilary Holladay and Robert Holton have successfully woven little-known material with new understandings of familiar topics that will enlighten current and future generations of Kerouac enthusiasts and scholars for years to come.

 

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"What's Your Road, Man? shows how pertinent Kerouac's On the Road is to current critical concerns and functions as a compendium of current debates about Kerouac and the Beats."— James T. Jones, author of Jack Kerouac's Duluoz Legend: The Mythic Form of an

Autobiographical Fiction

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809328833
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2008
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary Holladay, a professor of English and the director of the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, is the author of Wild Blessings: The Poetry of Lucille Clifton.

 

Robert Holton is a professor of English and associate dean of graduate studies at Carleton University. His most recent book is On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Ragged American Journey.

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Table of Contents

Preface Hilary Holladay Holladay, Hilary

Introduction Robert Holton Holton, Robert 1

1 Revisions of Kerouac: The Long, Strange Trip of the On the Road Typescripts Matt Theado Theado, Matt 8

2 Free Ways and Straight Roads: The Interstates of Sal Paradise and 1950s America Lars Erik Larson Larson, Lars Erik 35

3 The Tenement Castle: Kerouac's Lumpen-Bohemia Robert Holton Holton, Robert 60

4 "Adventures in Auto-Eroticism": Economies of Traveling Masculinity in On the Road and The First Third Mary Paniccia Carden Carden, Mary Paniccia 77

5 Parallel Destinies in The Bell Jar and On the Road Hilary Holladay Holladay, Hilary 99

6 "Dedicated to America, Whatever That Is": Kerouac's Versions of On the Road R. J. Ellis Ellis, R. J. 118

7 When Mexico Looks like Mexico: The Hyperrealization of Race and the Pursuit of the Authentic Rachel Ligairi Ligairi, Rachel 139

8 The Makings of Paradise Michael Skau Skau, Michael 155

9 Iypetalklng: Voice and Performance in On the Road Tim Hunt Hunt, Tim 169

10 Can On the Road Go on the Screen? Regina Weinreich Weinreich, Regina 187

Index 207

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