New Publications

  • Three Books from A. Robert Lee

RH International Beat Literature_2nd Proof-2-1 (1)EBSN member, poet and indomitable veteran American Studies scholar A. Robert Lee is certainly not letting his foot off the gas. First up is his edited volume The Routledge Handbook of International Beat Literature which came out late in 2018 (reviewed here). Consisting of a detailed exploration of transnational Beat genealogies and Beat inflected writing from beyond the borders of the United States, its 23 essays are throughly researched and take Beat Studies in new and fruitful directions.

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Lee’s most recent book of scholarship, The Beats: Authorships, Legacies (2019), continues where the Handbook left off; by resolutely and with some style re-assessing the ‘Beat Generation” writers, while expanding the field beyond the commonly cited big three.  While essentially another overview and introduction to the movement, The Beats: Authorships, Legacies attempts to give the Beat Generation greater legitimacy as a literary movement, and contains some insightful scholarship and close reading along the way. WriterDirectory-1 (1)

The third text unleashed by Lee is his inventive collection of vignettes Writer Directory: A Book of Encounters (2019). Described as “a species of hybrid text, part miniature literary biographies, part figuration and metaphor”, it successfully circumnavigates the boundaries between scholarship and creativity; and is clearly influenced by, and references, the Beats (including his friendship with Anne Waldman).


  • Blade Runner: A Movie, William S. Burroughs

blade runner1Tangerine Press published the 40th anniversary edition of William S. Burroughs’ Blade Runner: A Movie. In the mid-1970s, William Burroughs returned to New York after a stint as writer-in-exile in London, a city marred by strikes, blackouts and social unease. But the Big Apple wasn’t in too good a shape either… One of the first projects he started working on was a film treatment for an obscure, pulp sci-fi novel he had recently stumbled across. As time went on, the prose began to take on a life of its own, morphing into the novella (of sorts)… Blade Runner: A Movie is about the coming medical-care crisis, a mutated virus and right-wing politics… Enter the world of Billy Gimp, Big Pharma conspiracies, corrupt government officials, backstreet doctors, Accelerated Cancer… This book is classic Burroughs in distilled form. Forty years on from its first publication, this new edition includes a specially commissioned introduction by Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris.

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Gerard Malanga‘s photo of the author adorns the paperback front cover. It is also bound into the 100-copy numbered edition.

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George Mattingly‘s filmstrip layout and design from the original 1979 edition has been recreated with his blessing


  • Female Beatness by Isabel Castelao-Gómez and Natalia Carbajosa Palmero

159 Female Beatness - publicidad-cubiertaThis study constitutes the first critical approach, in the Spanish-speaking academic world, on the Beat Generation female poets and artists who, together with the well-known male members of the group (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs) revolutionized the US urban literary scene during the 1950s, thus anticipating the 60s and 70s worldwide change of mentality. Female Beatness locates the women who took part in the effervescence of the exceptionally creative Beat time in the literary canon and its historical path; women who, moreover, with their lives and their works broke the barriers of the subsidiary roles for which they had been raised. Within a wide approach that joins the socio-historical context, gender theories and textual analysis, this book focuses on the poets Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, ruth weiss and Denise Levertov, thereby exploring all the possible, diverse ways of becoming a Beat… woman. Nowadays, more than half a century later, their influence and reputation are still in full force.

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Este estudio constituye el primer acercamiento crítico, en el mundo académico hispano, a las poetas y artistas de la generación Beat que, junto con los componentes masculinos bien conocidos del grupo (Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs) revolucionaron la escena literaria urbana en la década de los cincuenta en los Estados Unidos, adelantándose así al cambio de mentalidad que colonizó el mundo en los sesenta y los setenta. Female Beatness ubica en el canon lite

rario y el devenir histórico a las mujeres que participaron de la efervescencia del excepcional momento creativo Beat y rompieron las barreras, con sus vivencias y sus obras, del papel subsidiario para el que a priori habían sido educadas. Dentro de un enfoque amplio que aúna contexto socio-histórico, teorías de género y análisis textual, el libro pone en el punto de mira a las poetas Elise Cowen, Diane di Prima, ruth weiss y Denise Levertov, explorando de este modo todas las formas posibles, muy

diferentes entre sí, de ser Beat… en femenino. Hoy día, más de medio siglo después, su influencia y predicamento siguen absolutamente vigentes.

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Presentation of “Female Beatness

Sat, Sep 21, 2019

Calle de la Palma, 21, 28004 Madrid
19:45

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  • Nicosia on Kerouac: The Last Quarter Century

Gerald Nicosia’s new book is on its way and will be released in October (2019). In the meantime, you can read his interview with Kurt Hemmer by clicking this link.

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“William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century is the definitive book on Burroughs’ overarching cut-up project and its relevance to the American twentieth century. Burroughs’s Nova Trilogy (The Soft MachineNova Express, and The Ticket That Exploded) remains the best-known of his textual cut-up creations, but he committed more than a decade of his life to searching out multimedia for use in works of collage. By cutting up, folding in, and splicing together newspapers, magazines, letters, book reviews, classical literature, audio recordings, photographs, and films, Burroughs created an eclectic and wide-ranging countercultural archive. This collection includes previously unpublished work by Burroughs such as cut-ups of work written by his son, cut-ups of critical responses to his own work, collages on the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal, excerpts from his dream journals, and some of the few diary entries that Burroughs wrote about his wife, Joan.

William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century also features original essays, interviews, and discussions by established Burroughs scholars, respected artists, and people who encountered Burroughs. The essays consider Burroughs from a range of starting points—literary studies, media studies, popular culture, gender studies, post-colonialism, history, and geography. Ultimately, the collection situates Burroughs as a central artist and thinker of his time and considers his insights on political and social problems that have become even more dire in ours.”

Ouvrage de référence, William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century offre un regard d’une rare pertinence sur le XXe siècle américain et sur la technique du cut-up de Burroughs. Si la Nova Trilogy de Burroughs (composée de La Machine molle, Nova Express et Le Tocket qui explosa) demeure son œuvre de cut-up la plus connue, l’auteur a toutefois consacré plus de dix ans  à la collecte de contenus variés qu’il destinait à ses travaux de collage. En découpant, assemblant et collant des extraits de journaux, de magazines, de lettres, de critiques de livres, de littérature classique, d’enregistrements sonores, de photographies et de films, Burroughs a créé une véritable somme d’archives contre-culturelle éclectique et diversifiée. Cette compilation présentée ici par Joan Hawkins et Alex Wermer-Colan comprend ainsi des travaux inédits de Burroughs, tels que des cut-ups composés d’écrits de son fils, de critiques sur son travail, des collages consacrés à la guerre du Vietnam et au scandale du Watergate, d’extraits de son journal de rêves et quelques pages de son journal consacrées à sa femme, Joan.

William S. Burroughs Cutting Up the Century propose également des essais inédits, des interviews et des conversations menées avec des chercheurs reconnus et spécialistes de Burroughs, des artistes renommés et d’autres personnes qui côtoyèrent Burroughs. Les études et essais présents dans cet ouvrage abordent Burroughs par le biais de différents prismes tels que les études littéraire, les études des médias, la culture populaire, les études de genre, le post-colonialisme, l’histoire et la géographie. Enfin, ces textes et réflexions situent Burroughs en tant qu’artiste et penseur de son temps et de sa génération, et analyse ses prises de positions sur des problèmes politiques et sociaux qui se sont aujourd’hui amplifiés.

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Please find the table of contents by clicking the link below:

Retrouvez la table des matières en cliquant sur le lien ci-dessous:

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  • L’Esprit Créateur

We’re delighted to announce the publication of “French and Beat Literatures: A History of Mutual Appropriation, Reception, and Translation,” a special issue of the bilingual journal L’Esprit Créateur.

Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la parution d’un numéro spécial de la revue bilingue L’Esprit Créateur, intitulé « French and Beat Literatures: A History of Mutual Appropriation, Reception, and Translation ».

couv2Most of the special issue developed out of papers given at the 2017 EBSN conference in Paris, and includes essays by Maarten van Gageldonk, Oliver Harris, James Horton, Olivier Penot-Lacassagne, Andrew Hussey, Véronique Lane, Franca Bellarsi, Susan Pinette, Jason Earle and Hassan Melehy. “French and Beat Literatures” also includes book reviews by Katharine Streip, Annie de Saussure, Alex Wermer-Colan and Guy Stevenson.

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Cette édition est en grande partie constituée des textes des conférences présentées lors de la conférence de l’EBSN de 2017 qui s’est tenue à Paris. Sont donc inclus des essais de Maarten van Gageldonk, Oliver Harris, James Horton, Olivier Penot-Lacassagne, Andrew Hussey, Véronique Lane, Franca Bellarsi, Susan Pinette, Jason Earle et Hassan Melehy. Ce numéro comprend également des critiques de livres par Katharine Streip, Annie de Saussure, Alex Wermer-Colan et Guy Stevenson.

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“The book is the first monograph which examines the correspondences between the  oeuvre of Jack Kerouac and the thought of Jacques Lacan, the two apparently  incompatible worlds which prove to be complementary when taking a closer look. The study demonstrates a number of points. Firstly, with Jacques Lacan as a silent partner, it helps to better understand why psychoanalysis won Kerouac’s enmity in the mid-1950s. It also delves into Lacan’s reflections on spontaneous free-association to prove their convergence with Beats’ literary tactics. In its final part, by employing Lacanian theory, the book offers an extensive insight into Kerouac’s oeuvre to excavate the problematic status of the father figure, a crucial matter not yet given a rigorous critical attention.”

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Dans ce livre, Bruno Geneste allie citations de Kerouac et réflexions personnelles. « C’est une conversation informelle pour montrer les différents aspects de ce que symbolisait la route pour Kerouac », explique-t-il. Cet ouvrage au ton lyrique et poétique a été écrit en seulement trois semaines, pour respecter l’esprit et le procédé d’écriture automatique de Kerouac.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’éditeur : https://edmontagnesnoires.weebly.com/

In this book, Bruno Geneste uses quotes from Kerouac and personal reflections. “It’s an informal conversation to show the different aspects of what the road symbolized to Kerouac, “he explains. This lyric and poetic book has been written in just three weeks, to respect the spirit and Kerouac’s automatic writing process.

To find out more about the publisher: https://edmontagnesnoires.weebly.com/

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Les Éditions des Lisières viennent de faire paraître (novembre 2018) un nouvel ouvrage intitulé Jack Kerouac et le haïku – Itinéraire dans l’errance. Bertrand Agostini (traducteur du Livre des haïkus, éd. La Table Ronde) s’associe à Christiane Pajotin pour nous faire découvrir une nouvelle facette de Kerouac. Cette étude est une réédition revue et augmentée d’une édition épuisée de 1998 et est accompagnée des magnifiques dessins à l’encre de Jean-Yves Roy. Une belle façon de découvrir cet art poétique qu’est le haïku.

Pour en savoir plus sur l’éditeur, rendez-vous sur le site: http://editionsdeslisieres.com/des_lisieres.html

Les Éditions des Lisières have just published a new book (Nov. 2018) entitled Jack Kerouac et le haïku – Itinéraire dans l’errance. Bertrand Agostini (translator of The Book of Haikus, éditions La Table Ronde) joins Christiane Pajotin to introduce us to a new facet of Kerouac. This study is a revised and expanded edition of a1998 first edition and is accompanied by beautiful ink drawings by Jean-Yves Roy.

To find out more about the publisher, visit the website: http://editionsdeslisieres.com/des_lisieres.html

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In Women Writers of the Beat Era, Mary Paniccia Carden gives voice to these female writers and demonstrates how their work redefines our understanding of “Beat.” The first single-authored study on female writers of this generation, the book offers vital analysis of autobiographical works by Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Hettie Jones, Joanne Kyger, and others, introducing the reader to new voices that interact with and reconfigure the better-known narratives of the male Beat writers. In doing so, Carden demonstrates the significant role women played in this influential and dynamic literary movement.

Dans Women Writers of the Beat Era, Mary Paniccia Carden donne une voix à ces femmes écrivains et montre comment leur travail change notre façon d’appréhender la culture Beat. Ce livre offre une analyse des travaux autobiographiques de Diane di Prima, ruth weiss, Hettie Jones, Joane Kyger, et bien d’autres, qui montre le rôle important que les femmes ont joué dans ce mouvement littéraire, dynamique et très masculin.

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For the first time in a single book, this anthology gathers ten women who dared to brave the shackles and taboos of the 1950s, a time when the right to be rebellious was a male privilege. The young slammers Sébastien Gavignet and Annalisa Mari Pegrum, authors of this bilingual anthology Beat Attitude, give pride of place to poets such as Hettie Jones, Lenore Kandel or Anne Waldman, who escaped male domination and were already announcing feminism, the counterculture and sexual liberation. A book as explosive as is necessary for our times!
Release date : 7th June 2018

Pour la première fois rassemblées dans un même ouvrage, voici dix femmes qui osèrent braver les carcans et les interdits des années 1950, à une époque où le droit d’être rebelle était un privilège masculin. Avec Beat Attitude les jeunes slameurs Sébastien Gavignet et Annalisa Mari Pegrum, auteurs de cette anthologie bilingue, rendent leur place légitime à des poètes telles que Hettie Jones, Lenore Kandel ou encore Anne Waldman. Elles ont su s’arracher à la domination masculine et annoncent déjà le mouvement féministe, la contre-culture et la libération sexuelle. Un livre aussi explosif que nécessaire à notre temps !
Parution le 7 juin 2018

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Erik Mortenson is pleased to announce the release of his new book, “Translating the Counterculture : The Reception of the Beats in Turkey” by Southern Illinois UP. As its title suggests, the book examines how the Beat legacy of dissent is being appropriated in contemporary Turkey.

Erik Mortenson est heureux de vous annoncer la parution de son nouveau livre “Translating the Counterculture : The Reception of the Beats in Turkey” édité par Southern Illinois UP. Comme son titre l’indique, le livre examine comment l’héritage de la contestation Beat est approprié dans la Turquie contemporaine.

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We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book this month, Beat Generation : L’inservitude volontaire, edited by Olivier Penot-Lacassagne – which features essays based on papers given at the colloquium that accompanied the major Centre Pompidou Beat Generation exhibition in 2016. Please find the summary below.

Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer la parution prochaine de Beat Generation : L’inservitude volontaire, publié sous la direction d’Olivier Penot-Lacassagne. Cet ouvrage regroupe des essais et articles présentés lors du colloque homonyme organisé au Centre Pompidou en septembre 2016, à l’occasion de l’exposition sur la Beat Generation. Résumé ci-dessous :

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  • Global Beat Studies

    We are pleased to announce the publication of Global Beat Studies“, the December 2016 special EBSN issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, the peer-reviewed, full-text, and open-access humanities and social sciences quarterly, published in affiliation with Purdue University. This is likely the largest ever single issue collection of Beat Studies articles, with major contributions to research in the field. It features many scholars who gave papers at the EBSN’s 2014 Conference in Tangier, and was edited by Oliver Harris and Polina Mackay.
    A huge thank-you to all the contributors for their hard work!
     
    With its internationalism and commitment to comparative work, CLCWeb is a great partner for the EBSN; in 2014, CLCWeb published nearly 900 texts that were downloaded some 415.000 times in 185 countries, while the total download of the journal’s material since 2007 in its pdf format has been 1.5 million. Beat Studies goes global…

  • Volume 4 of the Journal of Beat Studies, edited by Ronna Johnson and Nancy Grace, is just out.As well as featuring excellent essays on Burroughs by Michael Sean Bolton, on the Beats and Independent Film by Jane Falk, On Ginsberg by Anne Lovering Rounds and on Snyder by John Whalen Bridge, there’s an interview with the poet and playwright Rochelle Owens by Amy Friedman and a series of major book reviews, including Maria Damon on Tony Trigilio’s edition of Elise Cowen’s poetry, Jennie Skerl on Barry Miles’s Burroughs biography and a review by Katharine Streip of Oliver Harris’s restored editions of Burroughs’ Cut-Up Trilogy. See the homepage of the Beat Studies Association for further details (http://www.beatstudies.org/).
  •  Lost & Found Series V  features Kathy Acker, William S. Burroughs, Langston Hughes, and Jean Sénac: four major writers responding to sweeping socio-political shifts around the globe.
  • William S. Burroughs: The Travel Agency is on Fire The Travel Agency is on Fire is a selection of “cut-up” experiments by William S. Burroughs on texts by a range of canonical writers, from William Shakespeare and Arthur Rimbaud to William Wordsworth and James Joyce.
  • Collage in Twentieth Century Art Literature and Culture by Rona Cran 

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  • A Poet Drives a Truck: Poems by and about Lowell A. Levant

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In this posthumous volume of Lowell A. Levant’s collected work, readers will notice four main qualities of his poems. First, as observed by his mentor, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder, there is “the complex depth of his writing about work, machinery, trucks.” Second, there is attunement with nature, characteristic of “Deep Ecology” poetry.  Third, there is music, which he also created when he played a Jew’s harp, sang, or strummed his guitar.  Finally, Lowell’s poetry often took the form of the unfiltered, unfettered, free-associative declarations of the Beat Poets of his time, particularly those of Allen Ginsberg, whom Lowell admired.


  • El Manifiesto Abomunista, Bob Kaufman translated by Zachary de los Dolores (Temática Editores Generales, Lima, 2013)

    El Manifiesto Abomunista es la primera traducción al español del libro del poeta Beat, Bob Kaufman. Adémas de la traducción completa del manifiesto, el libro también cuenta con una entrevista que une el movimiento contracultural de los Beats con movimientos similares de Latinoamérica: El Nadaísmo y el Movimiento Kloaka. Los poetas Eduardo Escobar de Colombia y Roger Santivañez del Perú hablan de las influencias de Movimiento Beat en los Movimientos que ellos fundaron.

    El Manifiesto Abomunista is the first translation in Spanish of the book by Beat poet, Bob Kaufman. Not just a complete translation of the manifesto, the book also contains an interview that ties the countercultural movement of the Beats to similar movements from Latin America: Nadaísmo and The Kloaka Movement. The poets Eduardo Escobar from Colombia and Roger Santivañez from Peru speak about the influences of the Beat movement on the movements that they founded.


  • Beatdom, Issue 10

Contents include:

Hinduism: A Different Beat by Ravi and Geetanjali Joshi Mishra

A Short History Of Buddhism In Berlin by Zeena Schreck

William S. Burroughs: My Confessional Letter to the Western Lands by Nikolas Schreck

Kitty Bruce on Lenny Bruce, Religion and Recovery, with Michael Hendrick

Forever Stung by Michael Hendrick

Eating The Beat Menu by Nick Meador

Tristessa: Heavengoing by Paul Arendt

One and Only By Gerald Nicosia reviewed by Michael Hendrick

The Weird Cult: How Scientology Shaped the Writing of William S. Burroughs by David S. Wills

Maggie Mae and the Band by Velourdebeast


  • The Transnational Beat Generation, edited by Nancy M. Grace and Jennie Skerl (Palgrave, 2012).

The book will be published in January.  This collection of scholarly essays maps the Beat Generation movement globally by exploring American Beat writers and parallel movements/writers in other countries that shared with the Beats both a critique of global capitalism and a sense of the permeability of national and cultural boundaries.  Thirteen essays by established and newer scholars in the field and an interview with poet Anne Waldman discuss not only iconic Beat authors Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Ferlinghetti, but less well-known writers such as Kyger, di Prima, Frazer, Kaufman, Joans, Whalen, and Trocchi.  Contributors also discuss Beat-related writers in Britain, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, and Japan.


  • Mark Jacobs, San Fran ’60s (Escallonia Press)

San Fran ‘60s is a collection of autobiographical short stories about Sixties San Francisco. This is the only literary fiction from those spiritual descendants of the Beats, the core group of the Sixties Counter Culture.

Free copies are available to EBSN members at sanfran60s@gmail.com


  • Erik Mortenson, Capturing the Beat Moment: Cultural Politics and the Poetics of Presence (Southern Illinois UP, 2010).

Examining “the moment” as one of the primary motifs of Beat writing, this work explores the ways in which this moment is constructed and its ramifications for our understanding of the Beats and their writings.  While many excellent studies of particular Beat authors exist, this book takes a slightly different approach, examining the concepts of immediacy and presence as they occur across a range of Beat texts.  Contextualizing the Beats within the transition from the modern to the postmodern, it argues that the Beat desire to capture the passing moment makes their work crucial for an understanding of American culture and poetics.

The book is available from Southern Illinois University Press, and sells for $35.00.

See here for more details.