Seeing the Beat Generation

Entering the Literature through Film

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About the Book

Beat generation writers dismantled mainstream America. They wrote under the influence of psychedelic drugs; they crossed and navigated multicultural boundaries and questioned the American dream; and they explored homosexuality, feminism and hyper-masculinity, redefining America’s marital and familial codes. Teaching such a history can be daunting, but film adaptations of Beat literature have proven to engage students. This book looks closely at the film adaptations of works by such authors as Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Carolyn Cassady, Amiri Baraka and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as they relate to American history and literary studies.

About the Author(s)

Raj Chandarlapaty has taught literature and writing for the past 17 years, and has published articles on Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin and Mohammed Mrabet. He lives in Aurora, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

Raj Chandarlapaty
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7575-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3670-2
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Raj Chandarlapaty’s Seeing the Beat Generation is an innovative foray into how documentaries and films can alter and enhance our perceptions of literary works by the Beat writers. Delving into an immense body of visual works focused on the Beat movement, Chandarlapaty critiques the increasing power of film to dominate our understanding of literature in our increasingly visual culture.”—Kurt Hemmer, Harper College, editor, Encyclopedia of Beat Literature