The Beat Generation and Counterculture

Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac

by Raj Chandarlapaty (Author)
©2009 Monographs VIII, 180 Pages
Series: Modern American Literature, Volume 51


The Beat Generation and Counterculture examines three authors associated with the «Beat Generation» – Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac – and the relevance of their attempt to travel, learn, and write about exotic non-Western cultures and repressed minority cultures in the United States, projecting the influence of history, premodern religious practices, and postcolonial social and intellectual problems into the written development of countercultural ethos and praxis. The Beat Generation and Counterculture underscores T. S. Eliot’s emphasis on «earning tradition – that is, in order for the corrupt, decultured, and unimaginative West that had been ruined by World War II to survive, it would have to internalize and project the value of distant cultures that had been misunderstood and racialized for centuries. This book also addresses the frequent criticism that these authors were «orientalist», white writers who freely translated non-Western culture without giving any credit to its creators.


VIII, 180
ISBN (Hardcover)
Literature Philosophy Anthropology History Religion Biography Bowles, Paul (Schriftsteller) Gegenkultur (Motiv) ¬Das¬ Andere Literature, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Re
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. VIII, 180 pp.

Biographical notes

Raj Chandarlapaty (Author)

The Author: Raj Chandarlapaty earned his doctorate from the University of South Florida. He has taught freshman writing and American literature courses for ten years and currently teaches composition and literature classes at Southern University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been published in refereed journals such as College Literature and Storytelling, Self, and Society. Born in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Chandarlapaty has participated in conferences in America, Mexico, and Morocco.


Title: The Beat Generation and Counterculture