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By Michael Hrebeniak

Action Writing: Jack Kerouac's Wild Form connects the private and inventive improvement of the Beat generation's well-known icon with cultural alterations in postwar the USA. Michael Hrebeniak asserts that Jack Kerouac's "wild form"—self-organizing narratives freed from literary, grammatical, and syntactical conventions—moves inside an experimental continuum around the arts to generate a Dionysian experience of writing as uncooked approach. Action Writing highlights how Kerouac made concrete his 1952 intimation of "something past the novel" through assembling principles from Beat the USA, modernist poetics, motion portray, bebop, and subterranean oral traditions.

Geared to students and scholars of yankee literature, Beat reviews, and artistic writing, Action Writing areas Kerouac's writing in the context of the yankee paintings scene at midcentury. Reframing the paintings of Kerouac and the Beat new release in the experimental modernist and postmodernist literary culture, this probing inquiry bargains an immediate engagement with the social and cultural heritage on the foreground of Kerouac's profession from the Nineteen Forties to the past due Sixties.

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In literature it is only the wild that attracts us.

And he hunched over the wheel and gunned her; he was back in his element. . We were all delighted, we all realized we were leaving confusion and nonsense behind and performing our one and noble function of the time, move. And we moved! (OTR ) The ensuing drama orbits a maniac who, like Mailer’s Hipster, instigates simultaneous destruction and creation and holds, according to Robin Blaser, “within himself all the contradictions, the change and process of the world as it is known, and the terror that goes with that process” (qtd.

Reflecting the Daedalian quests undertaken in his novels, Kerouac struggles to sustain confidence in mobility in order to avoid, in Ginsberg’s words, “the great betrayal of that manly America . . made by the pseudo-heroic pseudo-responsible masculines of Army and Industry and Advertising and Construction and Transport and toilets and Wars” (Deliberate ). Born in  into a Breton-Canadian working-class family and schooled under the Jesuits, Kerouac achieves local success as a football player, winning scholarships to Horace Mann and Columbia University before injury curtails his career.

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