Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory by Hassan Melehy

By Hassan Melehy

Given Jack Kerouac's enduring attractiveness for heaving phrases onto paper, it might probably shock a few readers to work out his identify coupled with the be aware "poetics.” yet as a local speaker of French, he launched into his recognized "spontaneous prose” simply after years of looking concepts to beat the limitations he encountered in writing in one language, English. the outcome used to be an tricky poetics that can not be totally understood with no accounting for his bilingual considering and practice.

Of the greater than twenty-five biographies of Kerouac, few have heavily tested his courting to the French language and the cause of his bilingualism, the Québec Diaspora. even though this heritage has lengthy been famous in French-language remedies, it's a new measurement in Anglophone stories of his writing. In a theoretically educated dialogue, Hassan Melehy explores how Kerouac's poetics of exile comprises meditations on relocating among territories and languages. faraway from being a naïve pursuit, Kerouac's writing perform not just replied yet contributed to a few of the foremost aesthetic and philosophical currents of the 20th century during which notions corresponding to otherness and nomadism took form. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory deals an important reassessment of a author who, regardless of a readership that extends over a lot of the globe, is still poorly preferred at home.

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