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481-001 Seminar in English Studies: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (The Beat Generation)

481-001 Seminar in English Studies: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (The Beat Generation)

Instructor: Christine Roth

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We will explore the lives, work, and legacy of the countercultural Beat Generation through a careful study of Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1955) and Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957). To fully appreciate the impact of these writers, we will begin by thinking about American society during this post-World War II time period and the connection between this particular society and its literature. Then—by reading poetry, novels, and essays; listening to jazz and spoken word performances; and viewing art and film—we will come to a greater understanding of the nature of Ginsberg’s and Kerouac’s Beat visions and their effect on contemporary culture. 

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