Anti-Humanism in the American Counterculture

Stevenson, Guy. 2020. Anti-Humanism in the American Counterculture. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9783030477592 [Book]

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This book explores an unexpected conservatism at the heart of experimental American literature between 1945 and 1970. Through case studies of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, Marshall McLuhan – among others – it questions the apparent political progressivism of a literary period that was in fact deeply rooted in earlier, reactionary ideas. By reassessing the counterculture of the 1950s and 60s, it argues, we can reach a better understanding of our moral and cultural certitudes today.

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The American Counterculture, Modernism, The Beat Generation, Identity Politics, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs

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English and Comparative Literature



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15 Aug 2019 14:57

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23 Oct 2020 15:59


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