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Capturing the beat moment : cultural politics and the poetics of presence

Author: Erik Mortenson
Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2011.
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This book investigates the cultural construction of immediacy in Beat writing. It places an expanded canon of Beat writers in an early postmodern context that highlights their importance in American poetics and outlines the effects of gender and race on Beat writing in the postwar years. Mortenson argues that Beat writers focused on action, desire, and spontaneity to establish an authentic connection to the world  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik Mortenson
ISBN: 9780809330133 080933013X 9780809386130 0809386135
OCLC Number: 591770326
Description: xii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: rethinking the beats --
Being present: authenticity in postwar America --
The visionary state: uniting past, present, and future --
Immanence and transcendence: Reich, orgasm, and the body --
Recording the moment: the role of the photograph in beat representation --
Getting together: heterotopia and the moment as a social site --
Conclusion: making the most of the moment.
Responsibility: Erik Mortenson.

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This book investigates the cultural construction of immediacy in Beat writing. It places an expanded canon of Beat writers in an early postmodern context that highlights their importance in American poetics and outlines the effects of gender and race on Beat writing in the postwar years. Mortenson argues that Beat writers focused on action, desire, and spontaneity to establish an authentic connection to the world around them. He challenges the stereotype of the Beats as simply timeless hipsters by demonstrating their importance to our understanding of the changes occurring in America in the middle of the twentieth century.--[book cover].

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