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The Beats : a very short introduction, David Sterritt

Label
The Beats : a very short introduction
Title
The Beats
Title remainder
a very short introduction
Statement of responsibility
David Sterritt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In this Very Short Introduction, David Sterritt offers a concise overview of the social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beats, bringing out the similarities that connected them and also the many differences that made them a loosely knit collective rather than an organized movement. Figures in the saga include Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Clellon Holmes, Carolyn Cassady, and Gary Snyder. As Sterritt ranges from Greenwich Village and San Francisco to Mexico, western Europe, and North Africa, he sheds much light on how the Beats approached literature, drugs, sexuality, art, music, and religion. Members of the Beat Generation hoped that their radical rejection of materialism, consumerism, and regimentation would inspire others to purify their lives and souls as well. Yet they urged the remaking of consciousness on a profoundly inward-looking basis, cultivating "the unspeakable visions of the individual, " in Kerouac's phrase. The idea was to revolutionize society by revolutionizing thought, not the other way around. This book explains how the Beats used their antiauthoritarian visions and radical styles to challenge dominant values, fending off absorption into mainstream culture while preparing ground for the larger, more explosive social upheavals of the 1960s. More than half a century later, the Beats' impact can still be felt in literature, cinema, music, theater, and the visual arts. This compact introduction explains why. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sterritt, David
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.B6
LC item number
S7547 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Very Short Introductions
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Beats (Persons)
  • Beat generation
Label
The Beats : a very short introduction, David Sterritt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Origins and essences -- Beats, beatniks, bohemians, and all that jazz -- The beat novel: Kerouac and Burroughs -- Beat poetry and more: Ginsberg, Corso, and company -- The beats and popular culture -- The beat legacy
Control code
818734480
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
126 pages
Isbn
9780199796779
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012045389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022616941
System control number
(OCoLC)818734480
Label
The Beats : a very short introduction, David Sterritt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Origins and essences -- Beats, beatniks, bohemians, and all that jazz -- The beat novel: Kerouac and Burroughs -- Beat poetry and more: Ginsberg, Corso, and company -- The beats and popular culture -- The beat legacy
Control code
818734480
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
126 pages
Isbn
9780199796779
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2012045389
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022616941
System control number
(OCoLC)818734480

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