Jack Kerouac's North America

Adams Rachel

in Continental Divides

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780226005515
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226005539 | DOI:
Jack Kerouac's North America

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This chapter discusses Jack Kerouac, an author whose work is most commonly situated in the context of the U.S. literary history, as a North American whose connections to Mexico and Canada were essential to his artistic vision. Kerouac is a particularly important figure because he is one of the very few North American authors for whom Canada, the United States, and Mexico were equally meaningful. The discussion of Kerouac's North America provides a revealing look at the possibilities and obstacles to the circulation of culture across national and linguistic borders. Describing this iconic American author as North American underscores the importance of French Canada and Mexico to Kerouac's literary production, vectors of his life and career that are lost when the interpretation of his work and influences remains centered on the U.S. context.

Keywords: Jack Kerouac; North America; linguistic border; history; literary; culture

Chapter.  17727 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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