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Papers of The Beat Generation Symposium - The Beat Studies Association

Friday, October 10 – Saturday, October 11, 2008
Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

We are proud to publish papers presented at The Beat Generation Symposium held
Friday, October 10 – Saturday, October 11, 2008 at Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Visions of Jack / Versions of Jack: Toward a Digital Fluid Text Edition of Kerouac by John Bryant, Hofstra University

Parasites, Viruses, and William S. Burroughs’s Method by Michael Sean Bolton, Arizona State University

Joanne Kyger and the Aesthetics of Attention by Terence Diggory, Skidmore College

The Lew Welch: Hermit Poet of Rat Flat by Jane Falk, The University of Akron

The Impossible Manifesto: Tracing the Manifesto Form Through Avant-Garde and Beat Writing by Jimmy Fazzino, University of California, Santa Cruz

The Feminization of the Interzone in Kyger and Di Prima by Amy L. Friedman, Bryn Mawr College

“Unfair Arguments with Existence”: Ferlinghetti’s One-Acts and the Modes of Beat Drama by Deborah R. Geis, DePauw University

Inside and Around the 6 Gallery with Co-Founder Deborah Remington by Nancy M. Grace, The College of Wooster

Hidden Roads: Improvisational Textuality and On the Road by Tim Hunt, Illinois State University

William S. Burroughs’s East Texas Idyll: Old Wizard Arch in Last Words by Rob Johnson, The University of Texas—Pan American (Since the paper Johnson gave is under contractual obligation elsewhere, he provided the BSA a new paper reflecting research related to his conference paper.)

Kerouac Reception in the 1980s: Renaissance and Scholarly Revival? by Ronna C. Johnson, Tufts University

Jack Kerouac, the Québécois Diaspora, and Québécois Literature by Hassan Melehy,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (abstract only)

Summers in the Skagit: Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and the Language of the Lookout by John J. Morrell, Vanderbilt University

A Specific Elsewhere: Taking Beat In by Steven Schroeder, Shenzhen University

Recent Reception of Naked Lunch by Jennie Skerl, West Chester University (abstract only; Skerl’s paper is based on an essay that will appear in Naked Lunch @ 50, forthcoming 2009.).

William S. Burroughs and Love: Cutting Up The Ticket That Exploded (1962 and 1967) by Katharine Streip, Concordia University – Montreal, Quebec

“A Kick at the Icebox Door”: Haiku and Beat Haikus by Matt Theado, Gardner-Webb University

Bob Kaufman and Urban Pastoral by Todd Nathan Thorpe, University of Notre Dame

“Who did we pray to’? Diane di Prima’s Loba” by Tony Trigilio, Columbia College Chicago