Mind guerrillas: The Beat aesthetics of subversion and liberation
This dissertation is a study of the ideas promoted by the leaders of the Beat social and artistic movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Its focus is on the three writers primarily associated with the Beat movement: Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac. This dissertation will detail the conceptual development of their ideas and contextualize them into the social and intellectual history of the United States during that time period. The main argument is that the Beats created a unique aesthetical approach to modern identity and politics that became very influential during the 1960s as a foundation for a new postwar radical perspective on society.
0323: American studies
0337: American history
0591: American literature