Christopher Gair

in The American Counterculture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619887
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671137 | DOI:

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This chapter argues that there are both continuities and ruptures between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and countercultural writing in the 1960s. The chapter concentrates on three novelists – Diane di Prima, Ken Kesey and Richard Brautigan – as particularly significant and effective examples of authors writing against dominant American national narratives, or seeking to reclaim earlier versions of American mythologies in the face of corporate and political pressure.

Keywords: Postmodernism; Diane di Prima; Richard Brautigan; Ken Kesey; Military Industrial Complex; Utopian literature

Chapter.  9017 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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