Academic journal article Journal of Beat Studies

Letter from the Editors

Academic journal article Journal of Beat Studies

Letter from the Editors

Article excerpt

To our readers,

The Journal of Beat Studies is devoted exclusively to the scholarly criticism of Beat Generation writing and writers. Our mandate is to provide readers with intelligent and penetrating criticism across the range of Beat writing, including fiction, poetry, drama, autobiography, life writing, travel writing, and screenplay writing. The ultimate goal of the journal is to advance the quality of Beat Studies scholarship through application of diverse critical perspectives that address Beat production as both complex art and cultural critique. There has never been such ajournai.

We are at a pivotal moment in the history of Beat Studies, one that provides an opportunity to reform practices in and philosophies of Beat scholarship over the last fifty years. Our mission is to model and stimulate paradigms of methodologically sound and critically innovative scholarly readings of Beat movement and associated writers. The journal accommodates interdisciplinary methodologies since Beat poetics and aesthetics did, and still do, promote border crossing. To those ends, we proudly offer in this inaugural volume essays that speak to this mission.

Tim Hunt's '"Blow As Deep As You Want To Blow': Time, Textuality, and Jack Kerouac's Development of Spontaneous Prose," based on archival documents consulted for the first time, foregrounds the emphasis on orality in Kerouac's mature compositional practices. In "A Trap Well-Enough Woven of Words": The Many Worlds of Brion Gysin's The Process, Jimmy Fazzino introduces an important early Beat novel, documenting its place in Beat transnational writing. William Mohr's '"Hard Blows of Love (Pick up on it like a horn, man, & blow)': Stuart Perkoff's 'Round About Midnite' and Community Formation in Venice West" attends to scholarly recognition of Stuart Perkoff's under-studied role in West Coast Beat jazz poetry. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.