In what ways are the distinct topics of the Beat Generation represented Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl"

Yalçın, Selin (2015) In what ways are the distinct topics of the Beat Generation represented Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” and Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl". Other thesis, TED Ankara Koleji.

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Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957) and Allen Ginsberg’s Howl (1956) are intricate, sophisticated, and philosophical works that provoke many questions about the American society in the 1950s. Ginsberg’s lyrical and Kerouac’s imaginative style engage the reader in the exploration of the 50s concepts. This essay focuses on what those concepts and topics are and how they are depicted, with close connections between the literary techniques used by both writers. The essay also centers on the lives of both authors, since it is vital to understand their personal lives and world vision to thoroughly understand both literary works. The scope of this essay is limited with On the Road and Howl. However, it also considers secondary materials that supplement our understanding of the work including references to other Beat Movement authors and sections from both authors’ interviews and others literary works when suitable. It involves the exploration of the research question in terms of politics and social life, with reference to Kerouac and Ginsberg’s stand on the explored topics. The essay concludes that although criticism regarding the Beat Generation’s literary stand and ideology came from almost all parts of American society, Beat movement is significant in the modernization of the old institutions. Howl and On the Road simply define the basis of the Beat Generation, and the imminent movements to come. The essay examines four topics of the Beat Movement: Grotesque and Drug Use, Appreciation of Idiosyncrasy, Freedom and Confinement, and Visions of America/The American Dream. It also analyzes the literary techniques employed by Kerouac and Ginsberg to delineate the abovementioned themes to provide a holistic view to the literary works and the movement itself.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor Name: Dinçer Orç, IB Notu: B
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jack Kerouac, On The Road, Allen Ginsberg, Howl
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2015 07:25
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2015 07:25

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