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Celebrate Jack Kerouac at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - The Beat Studies Association

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lecture by Gabriel Anctil: “Kerouac, Quebec, and the French Language”
4 p.m., Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library

Film: “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur“, presented by director Curt Worden
8 p.m., Howell Hall 104

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In connection with this event, there will be a one-day exhibit of Kerouac materials from the rich Beat Literature Collection, part of the Rare Book Collection at Wilson Library.

American Literature Association
A Coalition of Societies Devoted to the Study of
American Authors
21st Annual Conference on American Literature

Conference Director: Alfred Bendixen, Texas A&M University

May 27-30, 2010

Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco CA 94111

Session 19-J On, Off, and Through the Page: Three Beat Poets
Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

  1. “Philip Whalen’s Scenes of Life at the Capital: A Different Take on the Long Poem,” Jane Falk, University of Akron
  2. “Making Wow—Ted Joans Lives!” Kurt Hemmer, Harper College
  3. “Recovering a Forgotten Beat: Editing Elise Cowen’s Collected Poems,” Tony Trigilio, Columbia College

Session 21-C Reconceptualizing “Literature”: The Beat Generation
Organized by the Beat Studies Association

Chair: Tony Trigilio, Columbia College

  1. “William S. Burroughs and the Cyborg Reader,” Michael Sean Bolton, Arizona State University
  2. “Radical Jewish Humor: Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman v. Their Jewish “Fathers,” Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State College of Denver
  3. “’Not literature but definitely something living’: Kerouac and the Subversion of Modern Print Textuality,” Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

The BSA Business meeting is nestled in between as session 20-N. In addition there’s a third panel of Beat papers (23-G), which includes Rob Johnson talking on Burroughs, and two additional Beat related papers on other panels (5-H and 19-F). See linked draft conference program.