Journal of Beat Studies

Articles from Vol. 5, 2017

Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture
Ambiguous Borderlands: Shadow Imagery in Cold War American Culture Erik Mortenson Southern Illinois University Press, 2016A paradox of Beat Studies is that labeling something "Beat literature" at once ascribes its significance as Beat while simultaneously...
An Appreciation of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 16, the Beats: Literary Bohemians in Postwar America
Well before an organization for Beat Studies was conceived and named, Ann Charters almost single-handedly created the field with her early foundational works: the first Kerouac biography (1973) and the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) volume devoted...
Ann Charters: Appreciation
In the late 1970s, I was infatuated with Jack Kerouac. I read and reread Ann Charters's biography and began to see the man behind the books: a dedicated, inspired, professional writer. The biography was one of the few hardback books among my tattered...
Ann Charters Testimonial
Ann Charters was the sole scholar I wanted to work with, so the only graduate program I applied to during 1993 was the master's of arts in English at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. It was the first of a series of reckless moves that have characterized...
Ann Charters: The Mother of Us All
In the beginning, there was only Ann Charters's biography of Jack Kerouac, plus Tim Hunt's Kerouac's Crooked Road, and two essays in John Tytell's Naked Angels. Everyone but Kerouac was still alive; his books were out of print, and expensive first editions...
Awakening the Eye: Robert Frank's American Cinema
Awakening the Eye: Robert Frank's American Cinema George Kouvaros University of Minnesota Press, 2015Robert Frank has been taking and publishing photographs for an astonishing 70 years, sometimes on commission but usually on nobody's behalf but his own....
Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the 'Howl' Generation
Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the 'Howl' Generation Edited by Deborah R. Geis Bloomsbury, 2016Deborah Geis's position in her adventurous and illuminating anthology is that drama has been a vital though neglected genre in the rapidly expanding...
In Honor of Ann Charters
In any assessment of Ann Charters's momentous and monumental contributions to Beat Studies, her biography of Jack Kerouac and her shaping of the Beat canon through her anthologies necessarily take pride of place. We all have well-thumbed, fully annotated,...
Introduction to the Republication of Jack Kerouac: A Bibliography by Ann Charters
Including Never-Before Published Letters by Charters Documenting Her Only Meeting With KerouacThe Journal of Beat Studies is proud to republish Ann Charters's long outof- print landmark work, Jack Kerouac: A Bibliography (Phoenix Bookshop 1967), revised...
Testimonials
IntroductionTo help map the landscape of Ann Charters's contributions to Beat Studies and her work's demarcation of the field itself, we solicited testimonials from Beat Studies scholars, members of the Beat Studies Association, and contributors to the...
Testimonials: On Ann Charters
Ann Charters has been an indefatigable pioneer of the new in American letters, exploring the Beat phenomenon almost from its public inception. In Berkeley, California, in 1956, on an arranged blind date with Peter Orlovsky when she was in her junior...
Testimonials: There at the Get-Go: Ann Charters
Ann? Simply a luminary.Who, among Beat scholars and anthologists, has been as much there as she? Present at the follow-up 6 Gallery reading, early to Kerouac, and responsible for ensuing and hugely important shelves of Beat scholarship. All of us, eyes...
Testimonials: Tribute to Ann Charters
I'll admit I was slow to recognize Ann. Predictably enough, I had begun with her Kerouac biography, which I read around 1980. I didn't realize its significance as a landmark in taking the Beats seriously, perhaps because it was competing for my attention...
Tools of the Trade: Testimonial for Ann Charters
Familiar with Ann Charters's seminal biography of Jack Kerouac from an early stage in my study of Beat literature, I have found other aspects of her wide-ranging scholarship to have been of greater importance to my subsequent concentration on the West...
To Think of Her Writing Awash in Light: Lyrical Essays on Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Hettie Jones, Joanne Kyger and Anne Waldman
To Think of Her Writing Awash in Light: Lyrical Essays on Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Hettie Jones, Joanne Kyger and Anne Waldman Linda Russo Subito Press, 2016Linda Russo's new book places avant-garde poetry in a new light, and as the ambiguously-worded...
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