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Jack Kerouac: Book of Dreams

Harma, Tanguy. 2018. Jack Kerouac: Book of Dreams. Literary Encyclopedia, [Article]

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This entry in The Literary Encyclopedia focuses on Kerouac's experimental project Book of Dreams (1960). The article covers the main themes developed in the book, and explores Kerouac's stylistics -- especially the interplay between the recollected images flashing through the mind and their transcription in writing form. The article also investigates issues of reception and offers a brief interpretation of Kerouac's project, replaced in the context of The Duluoz Legend.

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Kerouac, Book of Dreams, Freudian, Joycean, modernism, stream of consciousness, spontaneous prose, night visions, feeling of guilt, confession, kinetic prose, synesthetic writing

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English and Comparative Literature


19 November 2018Accepted
29 November 2018Published Online

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11 Jan 2019 14:13

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11 Jan 2019 14:14

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