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In their continual attempt to transcend what they perceived as the superficiality, commercialism, and precariousness of life in post-World War II America, the Beat writers turned to the classical authors who provided, on the one hand, a discourse of sublimity to help them articulate their desire for a purity of experience, and, on the other, a venerable literary heritage. This volume examines for the first time the intersections between the Beat writers and the Greco-Roman literary tradition. Many of the “Beats” were university-trained and highly conscious of their literary forebears, frequently incorporating their knowledge of Classical literature into their own avant-garde, experimental practice. The interactions between writers who fashioned themselves as new and iconoclastic, and a venerable literary tradition often seen as conservative and culturally hegemonic, produced fascinating tensions and paradoxes, which are explored here by a diverse group of contributors.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. Stephen Dickey, Sheila Murnaghan, and Ralph M. Rosen
  3. pp. 1-14
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  1. 1 Beats Visiting Hell: Katabasis in Beat Literature
  2. Stephen Dickey
  3. pp. 15-37
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  1. 2 “Thalatta, Thalatta!”: Xenophon, Joyce, and Kerouac
  2. Christopher Gair
  3. pp. 38-54
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  1. 3 “The Final Fix” and “The Transcendent Kingdom”: The Quest in the Early Work of William S. Burroughs
  2. Loni Reynolds
  3. pp. 55-72
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  1. 4 The Invention of Sincerity: Allen Ginsberg and the Philology of the Margins
  2. Matthew Pfaff
  3. pp. 73-96
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  1. 5 Radical Brothers-in-Arms: Gaius and Hank at the Racetrack
  2. Marguerite Johnson
  3. pp. 97-115
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  1. 6 Riffing on Catullus: Robert Creeley’s Poetics of Adultery
  2. Nick Selby
  3. pp. 116-137
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  1. 7 Sappho Comes to the Lower East Side: Ed Sanders, the Sixties Avant-Garde, and Fictions of Sappho
  2. Jennie Skerl
  3. pp. 138-159
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  1. 8 Robert Duncan and Pindar’s Dance
  2. pp. 160-183
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  1. 9 Kenneth Rexroth: Greek Anthologist
  2. Gideon Nisbet
  3. pp. 184-209
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  1. 10 Philip Whalen and the Classics: “A Walking Grove of Trees”
  2. Jane Falk
  3. pp. 210-225
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  1. 11 Troubling Classical and Buddhist Traditions in Diane di Prima’s Loba
  2. Nancy M. Grace and Tony Trigilio
  3. pp. 226-251
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  1. 12 Towards a Post-Beat Poetics: Charles Olson’s Localism and the Second Sophistic
  2. Richard Fletcher
  3. pp. 252-270
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  1. Afterword “Standing at a Juncture of Planes”
  2. pp. 271-276
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814213551
MARC Record
OCLC
1111384783
Pages
334
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-24
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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