Understanding Jack Kerouac

Understanding Jack Kerouac

by University of South Carolina Press


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Understanding Jack Kerouac by University of South Carolina Press

Understanding Jack Kerouac introduces readers to what Matt Theado calls Kerouac's "unwieldy accretion of published work"-fiction, poetry, nonfiction, selected letters, religious writing, and "true-story novels." Presenting this cultural icon of the Beat Generation primarily as a writer rather than as a social rebel or media celebrity, Theado elucidates the reasons Kerouac's reputation has outlived disparaging beatnik associations and why his writings continue to attract an expanding readership. Theado takes a book-by-book approach to the sometimes-confusing canon and develops a framework for understanding Kerouac's thematic concerns, writing techniques, and artistic evolution.

Proposing that the real legend of Jack Kerouac is the saga of a writer at work, Theado suggests that as recognition of Kerouac's artistic achievement grows, the Duluoz Legend-Kerouac's series of barely fictionalized re-creations of his life-outgrows the genre of autobiography and becomes an intimate chronicle of a writer's stylistic maturation. Theado traces Kerouac's development as a crafter of language and contends that spontaneous prose, Kerouac's literary hallmark, may prove to be his chief claim to literary longevity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570032721
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Understanding Contemporary American Literature Series
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.41(w) x 7.28(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Matt Theado is a professor of English at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, and the author of The Beats: A Literary Reference.

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