The View from on the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac

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1. Rhetorical Transformations
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
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 Shlain ( 1985).
4.
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).
5.
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).
6.
When Burke discusses piety, what he calls a "schema of orientation,"

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The View from on the Road: The Rhetorical Vision of Jack Kerouac
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Part One - Departures 1
  • 1 - Rhetorical Transformations 3
  • 2 - Kerouac in Context 15
  • 3 - Kerouac's Rhetorical Situation 27
  • 4 - Fantasy, Rhetorical Vision, and the Critical Act 43
  • Part Two - View from the Road 59
  • 5 - The Vision of Social Deviance 61
  • 6 - The Vision of Sexuality 74
  • 7 - Dean as Vision 82
  • 8 - Conclusion: Kerouac and Liminality 94
  • Notes 105
  • Bibliography 113
  • Index 125
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