World Beats: Beat Generation Writing and the Worlding of U.S. Literature

World Beats: Beat Generation Writing and the Worlding of U.S. Literature

by Jimmy Fazzino
World Beats: Beat Generation Writing and the Worlding of U.S. Literature

World Beats: Beat Generation Writing and the Worlding of U.S. Literature

by Jimmy Fazzino

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Overview

This fascinating book explores Beat Generation writing from a transnational perspective, using the concept of worlding to place Beat literature in conversation with a far-reaching network of cultural and political formations. Countering the charge that the Beats abroad were at best naïve tourists seeking exoticism for exoticism’s sake, World Beats finds that these writers propelled a highly politicized agenda that sought to use the tools of the earlier avant-garde to undermine Cold War and postcolonial ideologies and offer a new vision of engaged literature. With fresh interpretations of central Beat authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs—as well as usually marginalized writers like Philip Lamantia, Ted Joans, and Brion Gysin—World Beats moves beyond national, continental, or hemispheric frames to show that embedded within Beat writing is an essential universality that brought America to the world and the world to American literature. This book presents an original treatment that will attract a broad spectrum of scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611688986
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Re-Mapping the Transnational: A Dartmouth Series in American Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

JIMMY FAZZINO is a lecturer in the literature department and writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Worlding the Beats • A World, a Sweet Attention: Jack Kerouac’s Subterranean Itineraries • The Beat Manifesto: Avant-Garde Poetics, Black Power, and the Worlded Circuits of African American Beat Writing • A Multilayered Inspiration: Philip Lamantia, Beat Poet • Cut-Ups and Composite Cities: The Latin American Origins of Naked Lunch • For Africa . . . for the World: Brion Gysin and the Postcolonial Beat Novel • Columbus Avenue Revisited: Maxine Hong Kingston and the Post-Beat Canon • Notes • Bibliography • Credits • Index
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