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Paris--New York: French Writers of the Beat Generation
FREN 320
Spring 2014 not offered
This course may be repeated for credit.
Crosslisting: COL 320

The founders of the Beat Generation--William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac--were all deeply inspired by the works of many French writers. From Paris to New York and from New York to Paris, we will reconstruct the narrative of this significant but often overlooked literary relationship. To conduct our investigation, we will proceed in three stages and look at three eras, that is to say, we will read works by Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac but will focus on several short texts by their French precursors to ask ourselves which aspects of French literature Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac might have transmitted to American culture, a thorny question that will lead us to a discussion of crucial issues in the field of modern comparative literature.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST)(RMST)

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