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This collection maps the Beat Generation movement, exploring American Beat writers alongside parallel movements in other countries that shared a critique of global capitalism. Ranging from the immediate post-World War II period and continuing into the 1990s, the essays illustrate Beat participation in the global circulation of a poetics of dissent.


Description

This collection maps the Beat Generation movement, exploring American Beat writers alongside parallel movements in other countries that shared a critique of global capitalism. Ranging from the immediate post-World War II period and continuing into the 1990s, the essays illustrate Beat participation in the global circulation of a poetics of dissent.


Reviews

'In essays that range around the world and across cultures, The Transnational Beat Generation has marked out a rich field that makes a natural fit for artists who above all else lived and wrote beyond borders; this book will open up Beat Studies and point it in new, uncharted directions.' - Oliver Harris, president of the European Beat Studies Network
 
"This outstanding collection . . . provides detailed, sometimes astonishing insights into the international reach of the Beat writers . . . . indispensable for the study of modern American literature. Summing Up: Highly recommended."—CHOICE


Contents

Introduction: Transnational Beat; N.M.Grace & J.Skerl
PART I: TRANSNATIONAL FLOWS
William S. Burroughs and U.S. Empire; A.Hibbard
Jack Kerouac and the Nomadic Cartographies of Exile; H.Melehy
Beat Transnationalism Under Gender: Bonnie Bremser's Troia; R.Johnson
The Beat Manifesto: Avant-Garde Poetics and the Worlded Circuits of African-American Beat Surrealism; J.Fazzino
The Beat Fairy Tale and Transnational Spectacle Culture: Diane di Prima and William S. Burroughs; N.M.Grace
Two Takes on Japan: Joanne Kyger's Japan and India Journals and Philip Whalen's Scenes of Life at the Capital; J.Falk
'If All the Writers of the World Get Together': Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Literary Solidarity in Sandinista Nicaragua; M.Hardesty
PART II: INTERVIEW WITH ANNE WALDMAN
PART III: GLOBAL CIRCULATION
'They . . . took their time over the coming': The British/Beat 1955-65; R.J.Ellis
Beating them to it? The Vienna Group and the Beat Generation; J.van der Bent
Prague Connection; J.Rauvolf
Cain's Book and the Mark of Exile: Alexander Trocchi as Transnational Beat; F.Paton
Greece and the Beat Generation: the Case of Lefteris Poulios; C.Gair & K.Georganta
Japan Beat: Nanao Sakaki; A.R.Lee


Authors

NANCYM. GRACEVirginia Myers Professor of English at The College of Wooster, USA,and chair of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.
JENNIE SKERLwas associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at West Chester University, USA,and is a founding board member and past president of the Beat Studies Association.