Modern American Counter Writing : Beats, Outriders, Ethnics

By: Lee, A. RobertMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2010Edition: 1Description: 1 online resource (309 p.)ISBN: 9780203858080Subject(s): American literature - 20th century - History and criticism | American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Beat generation | Counterculture in literature | Cultural pluralism in literature | Dissenters in literature | Ethics in literature | Literature and society - United States - History - 20th century | Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Modern American Counter Writing : Beats, Outriders, EthnicsDDC classification: 810.90054 LOC classification: PS228.B6Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I Beats; 1 Beat Canon, Beat Shadow Canon; 2 Beat Speaking Women; 3 Black Beat; 4 Beat International; Part II Outriders; 5 Gonzo Scripts; 6 A View of One's Own; 7 Pirated Words; Part III Ethnics; 8 Ethnics Behaving Badly; 9 Home and Away: US Poetries of Immigration and Migrancy; 10 Out of the 1990s: Latino/a Un-bordering in US Fiction; 11 A Western East; 12 Insider, Outsider: Japanese America Writing Japan; 13 Bad Boy, Godfather, Storyteller; 14 Manila Tropics; 15 Black South, Black Europe; 16 Rearview Mirrors; Notes
Index
Summary: The dissident voice in US culture might almost be said to have been born with the territory. Its span runs from Roger Williams to Thoreau, Anne Bradstreet to Gertrude Stein, Ambrose Bierce to the New Journalism, The Beats to the recent Bad Subjects cyber-crowd. This new study analyses three recent literary tranches in the tradition: a re-envisioning of the whole Beat web or circuit; a consortium of postwar "outrider" voices - Hunter Thompson to Frank Chin, Joan Didion to Kathy Acker; and a latest purview of what, all too casually, has been designated "ethnic" writing. The aim is to set up and explore these different counter-seams of modern American writing, those which sit outside, or at least awkwardly within, agreed literary canons.
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Book Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I Beats; 1 Beat Canon, Beat Shadow Canon; 2 Beat Speaking Women; 3 Black Beat; 4 Beat International; Part II Outriders; 5 Gonzo Scripts; 6 A View of One's Own; 7 Pirated Words; Part III Ethnics; 8 Ethnics Behaving Badly; 9 Home and Away: US Poetries of Immigration and Migrancy; 10 Out of the 1990s: Latino/a Un-bordering in US Fiction; 11 A Western East; 12 Insider, Outsider: Japanese America Writing Japan; 13 Bad Boy, Godfather, Storyteller; 14 Manila Tropics; 15 Black South, Black Europe; 16 Rearview Mirrors; Notes

Index

The dissident voice in US culture might almost be said to have been born with the territory. Its span runs from Roger Williams to Thoreau, Anne Bradstreet to Gertrude Stein, Ambrose Bierce to the New Journalism, The Beats to the recent Bad Subjects cyber-crowd. This new study analyses three recent literary tranches in the tradition: a re-envisioning of the whole Beat web or circuit; a consortium of postwar "outrider" voices - Hunter Thompson to Frank Chin, Joan Didion to Kathy Acker; and a latest purview of what, all too casually, has been designated "ethnic" writing. The aim is to set up and explore these different counter-seams of modern American writing, those which sit outside, or at least awkwardly within, agreed literary canons.

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Lee (Nihon University, Tokyo) covers an array of dissenting writers. His definition of "counter" is vague, but it gives him a chance to deal with various outsiders, including African Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans and innovative journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson and Joan Didion. He does not discuss many of his subjects in detail, but he drops names and titles that will lead readers to discover some excellent literature outside the mainstream. The volume has no bibliography but does include 29 pages of notes. The sheer density of cited titles and brief quotations makes this study appear forbidding, but the scholarship is impressive. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. All readers. B. Almon University of Alberta

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A. Robert Lee, formerly of the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, is professor of American Literature at Nihon University, Tokyo. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton, The University of Virginia, The University of Colorado and Berkeley. His recent books include Designs of Blackness: Mappings in the Literature and Culture of Afro-America (1998); Postindian Conversations , with Gerald Vizenor (1999); Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the 2004 American Book Award; Japan Textures: Sight and Word , with Mark Gresham (2007), and Gothic to Multicultural: Idioms of Imagining in American Literary Fiction (2008). He has also been responsible for a large number of essay-collections, among them Other British, Other Britain: Contemporary Multicultural Fiction (1995), The Beat Generation Writers (1996), the 4-volume Herman Melville: Critical Assessments (2001), China Fictions/English Language: Literary Essays in Diaspora, Memory, Story (2008) and Native American Writing , 4 Vols. (forthcoming 2009).

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