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Kerouac : language, poetics, and territory

Author: Hassan Melehy
Publisher: New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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"Given Jack Kerouac's enduring reputation for heaving words onto paper, it might surprise some readers to see his name coupled with the word "poetics." But as a native speaker of French, he embarked on his famous "spontaneous prose" only after years of seeking techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English. The result was an elaborate poetics that cannot be fully
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Jack Kerouac; Jack Kerouac; Jack Kerouac
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hassan Melehy
ISBN: 1501336061 9781501336065
OCLC Number: 972772297
Notes: Reprint. First published: 2016.
Description: xiii, 255 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Kerouac, exile, and the force of literature --
Unsettlements --
On and off the Franco-American road --
Writing in real time --
Movements of return --
The roots of abandonment --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Hassan Melehy.

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"Given Jack Kerouac's enduring reputation for heaving words onto paper, it might surprise some readers to see his name coupled with the word "poetics." But as a native speaker of French, he embarked on his famous "spontaneous prose" only after years of seeking techniques to overcome the restrictions he encountered in writing in a single language, English. The result was an elaborate poetics that cannot be fully understood without accounting for his bilingual thinking and practice.Of the more than twenty-five biographies of Kerouac, few have seriously examined his relationship to the French language and the reason for his bilingualism, the Québec Diaspora. Although this background has long been recognized in French-language treatments, it is a new dimension in Anglophone studies of his writing. In a theoretically informed discussion, Hassan Melehy explores how Kerouac's poetics of exile involves meditations on moving between territories and languages. Far from being a naïve pursuit, Kerouac's writing practice not only responded but contributed to some of the major aesthetic and philosophical currents of the twentieth century in which notions such as otherness and nomadism took shape. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory offers a major reassessment of a writer who, despite a readership that extends over much of the globe, remains poorly appreciated at home"-- Provided by publisher.

"A reassessment of Jack Kerouac's poetic theory and practice from the perspective of their central yet most overlooked component: the fact that he thought and worked in two languages, his native French and his adopted English"-- Provided by publisher.

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Hassan Melehy's groundbreaking study begins with a simple yet overlooked fact-Kerouac, originally from the French-Canadian community of Lowell, Massachusetts, was a native Francophone speaker. The Read more...

 
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