‘Go moan for man’: Jack Kerouac and the beatific vision

Laurence Coupe

in Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071126
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702079 | DOI:
‘Go moan for man’: Jack Kerouac and the beatific vision

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This chapter takes a look at Jack Kerouac, who provided the understanding of ‘Beat’ as ‘beatific’, and who also gave the fullest sense of what literature as spiritual quest might involve – although this aspect of his achievements is often neglected. It identifies the connotations of the word ‘Beat’ and tries to consider three aspects of Kerouac's work.

Keywords: Jack Kerouac; Beat; beatific; literature; spiritual quest; connotations

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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