Adapting the Beat Poets: Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac on Screen

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Rowman & Littlefield, 9 wrz 2016 - 170
In the post-World War II era, authors of the beat generation produced some of the most enduring literature of the day. More than six decades since, work of the Beat Poets conjures images of unconventionality, defiance, and a changing consciousness that permeated the 1950s and 60s. In recent years, the key texts of Beat authors such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac have been appropriated for a new generation in feature-length films, graphic novels, and other media.

In Adapting the Beat Poets: Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouc on Screen, Michael J. Prince examines how works by these authors have been translated to film. Looking primarily at three key works—Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, Ginsberg’s Howl, and Kerouac’s On the Road—Prince considers how Beat literature has been significantly altered by the unintended intrusion of irony or other inflections. Prince also explores how these screen adaptations offer evidence of a growing cultural thirst for authenticity, even as mediated in postmodern works. Additional works discussed in this volume include The Subterraneans, Towers Open Fire, The Junky's Christmas, and Big Sur.

By examining the screen versions of the Beat triumvirate’s creations, this volume questions the ways in which their original works serve as artistic anchors and whether these films honor the authentic intent of the authors. Adapting the Beat Poets is a valuable resource for anyone studying the beat generation, including scholars of literature, film, and American history.

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1 The Subterraneansor Arthur Freeds Beatnik Musical
1
2 Textural and Lexical Fidelities in the Short Film Adaptations of William S Burroughs
23
3 David Cronenbergs Naked Lunch
43
4 Mrs and Mr Cassady
63
5 The Many Registers of Allen Ginsbergs Howl
79
6 Jack Kerouac in the Contemporary Cultural Stream
97
Conclusion
115
Bibliography
129
Index
135
About the Author
139
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Michael J. Prince is associate professor of American literature and culture at the University of Agder in Kristriansand, Norway. He is the author of Myth Making Man: Myths of Human Evolution in the Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick, Doris Lessing and Octavia Butler (2010).

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