1. Rhetorical Transformations
Kuhn ( 1970) explains how paradigms create the conditions under
which discipline-dependent knowledge can be known. His discussion
serves as a model for describing the function of vision-dependent ideology in the construction of our social lives.
As a critic, I am empathetic to the world that Kerouac constructs,
and I recognize--indeed, celebrate--my partiality as a scholar in support
of his project as well as in support of the visions of resistance by others
still to come.
Cassady is portrayed in On the Road as the protagonist Dean
Moriarty. The Merry Pranksters were prototypical hippies that emerged
around Ken Kesey in Palo Alto as the result of secret CIA LSD testing in
the early to mid-1960s. The Merry Pranksters included the young Jerry
Garcia and others who formed the Grateful Dead and provided music
for the "acid tests," public mass LSD parties that tok place in different
cities throughout the United States. LSD was legal until 1966. For a discussion of the Cassady/Kesey/acid/CIA connection, see Lee and
These three albums have been repackaged and remastered and appear under the Rhino label in a CD box set entitled The Jack Kerouac
Collection ( 1990).
Deleuze and Guattari write that people like Kerouac "overcome a
limit, they shatter a wall, the capitalist barrier" ( 1983, 133). Nevertheless, Deleuze and Guattari offer a dim view of Kerouac, hinting that there
is something oppressive and potentially fascist in his "revolutionary
'flight" ( 1983, 277).
When Burke discusses piety, what he calls a "schema of orientation,"
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Book title: The View from on the Road:The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac.
Contributors: Omar Swartz - Author.
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press.
Place of publication: Carbondale, IL.
Publication year: 1999.
Page number: 105.
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