Beats 2009 outline 5 - o Social neurosis • IV. madness...

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Belgrad AMS 2030 The “Beats” I. “Beat” generation Artists Unordinary and proud of it Heavy drug use (it passed the time) Young people who made a lot of conversation that they could build off Interested in African American culture and many others (Allen and Jack) Distinction between private world and gay culture II. “spontaneous bop prosody” Jack and Allen got kicked out of Columbia University. Language expressed through musical notes Talks about their adventures down in Mexico The Beats’ Racial Project: Deviance verses diversity Sex: extension of authentic communication Group, extramarital, homo/bisexual, lesbian Boundaries broken and redefined III. fellaheen fellaheen are common people affected by war marginalized people will be returning to innocent culture Authenticity: o wanted to relate to other people, didn’t want to be dictated by social discipline o Rules? Spontaneous and honest o Avoid what you should do o Make the most of the immediate moment
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Unformatted text preview: o Social neurosis • IV. madness and the “social neurosis” Other key terms: • Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)- (Met at Allen Columbia after hurting his leg while playing football. Writes so fast that he uses one big long roll of paper. Was on the road for seven years and it took him 3 weeks to write a novel.) • Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (1955)- (High school teacher, poet) • happening • Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West Let Us Have Madness - Kenneth Patchen Let us have madness openly. O men of my generation. Let us follow The footsteps of this slaughtered age: See it trail across Time's dim land Into the closed house of eternity With the noise that dying has, With the face that dead things wear— nor ever say We wanted more; we looked to find An open door, an utter deed of love, Transforming day's evil darkness; but We found extended hell and fog Upon the earth, and within the head A rotting bog of lean huge graves....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course AMS 3030 taught by Professor Danielbelgrad during the Fall '09 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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