Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature and the Beat Movement

Clements, Paul. 2013. Charles Bukowski, Outsider Literature and the Beat Movement. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415807593 [Book]

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This book uses cultural and psycho-social analysis to examine the beat writer Charles Bukowski and his literature, focusing on representations of the anti-hero rebel and outsider. Clements considers the complexities, ambiguities, and contradictions represented by the author and his work, exploring Bukowski’s visceral writing of the cultural ordinary and everyday self-narrative. The study considers Bukowski’s apolitical, gendered, and working-class stance to understand how the writer represents reality and is represented with regards to counter-cultural literature. In addition, Clements provides a broader socio-cultural focus that evaluates counterculture in relation to the American beat movement and mythology, highlighting the male cool anti-hero. The cultural practices and discourses utilized to situate Bukowski include the individual and society, outsiderdom, cult celebrity, fan embodiment, and disneyfication, providing a greater understanding of the beat generation and counterculture literature.

Item Type:

Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE)

Date:

2013

Item ID:

12404

Date Deposited:

29 Jul 2015 12:37

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 10:47

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/12404

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