The Resource Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film, David Sterritt

Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film, David Sterritt

Label
Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film
Title
Mad to be saved
Title remainder
the Beats, the '50s, and film
Statement of responsibility
David Sterritt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Film critic David Sterritt presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the Beat Generation, its intersections with mainstream and experimental film, and the interactions of all of these with American society and the culture of the '50s. Examining American society in the '50s, Sterritt balances the Beat countercultural goal of rebellion through both artistic creation and everyday behavior against the mainstream values of conformity and conservatism, growing worry over cold-war hostilities, and the "rat race" toward material success." "After an introductory overview of the Beat Generation, its history, its antecedents and its influences, Sterritt shows the importance of "visual thinking" in the lives and works of major Beat authors, most notably Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. He turns to Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogic theory to portray the Beat writers - who were inspired by jazz and other liberating influences - as carnivalesque rebels against what they perceived as a rigid and stifling social order." "Showing the Beats as social critics, Sterritt looks at the work of '50s photographers Robert Frank and William Klein; the attack against Beat culture in the pictures and prose of Life magazine; and the counterattack in Frank's film Pull My Daisy, featuring key Beat personalities. He further explores expressions of rebelliousness in film noir, the melodramas of director Douglas Sirk, and other Hollywood films." "Finally, Sterritt shows the changing attitudes toward the Beat sensibility in Beat-related Hollywood movies like A Bucket of Blood and The Beat Generation; television programs like Route 66 and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, nonstudio films like John Cassavetes's improvisational Shadows and Shirley Clarke's experimental The Connection; and radically avant-garde works by such doggedly independent screen artists as Stan Brakhage, Ron Rice, Bruce Connor, and Ken Jacobs, drawing connections between their achievements and the most subversive products of their Beat contemporaries."--Jacket
Action
digitized
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sterritt, David
Index
index present
LC call number
PS228.B6
LC item number
S755 1998eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Beats (Persons)
  • Motion pictures and literature
  • Literature and society
  • American literature
  • Experimental films
  • Motion pictures
Label
Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film, David Sterritt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-249) and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 258 p.
Isbn
9780809321803
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97043376
Note
jr
System control number
  • 1390729-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1390729
  • (Sirsi) o38048558
  • (OCoLC)38048558
Label
Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film, David Sterritt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-249) and index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 258 p.
Isbn
9780809321803
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97043376
Note
jr
System control number
  • 1390729-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1390729
  • (Sirsi) o38048558
  • (OCoLC)38048558

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